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Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Here are a few pictures from our booth at the Living It Green Expo, held September 11-15 at the Pinnacle Hills Promenade. We wish we had kept track of how many women we spoke with, but I am convinced that we reached as many as 200 women. We had a great time and met some amazing women!
One lady we met was a yoga instructor who told us about her amazing birth experience. At 9 cm she got an epidural and shortly thereafter learned that her baby was transverse (lying sideways instead of head down). Despite the fact that she had an epidural, and without the aid of a doula or midwife, she was able to get on her hands and knees to use yoga positions to turn her baby, thereby avoiding a c-section. Amazing! It's always great to get out into the community and talk to moms. You never know what stories you are going to hear!
Check out the interview we did with KNWA Today on the Pampered Mama Giveaway and the Birth Survey. I always come away from these interviews realizing that my nervousness results in important points being left out. I wish that I had emphasized that The Birth Survey isn't just for hospitals and doctors. You can take the survey if you had a home birth or birth center birth with a midwife. I also forgot to mention our Pickles and Ice Cream meetings. Well, hopefully people will find everything when they come to our website. We've already had an increase in hits this month since we started promoting the Pampered Mama Giveaway!
Monday, August 31, 2009
Yesterday my husband and I were having a conversation about the nature of advocacy work. We both are very passionate about our causes. If you come to our house, don't be surprised if you hear something about birth, politics, or both. What we have found lately, however, is that sometimes, the negative aspects of our work can tend to "overwhelm our systems" and instead of feeling fulfilled and refreshed by our work, we feel frustrated, angry, and defeated by an opposition more powerful, more well funded, and more irrational. Three qualities that make an enemy hard to defeat.
For instance, you may remember seeing us on the news in April protesting the bans on VBAC in NW Arkansas hospitals. We stood outside of every hospital in NW Arkansas with signs declaring our support of a woman's right to choose the course of her own maternity care. We wrote letters to the hospitals and met with administrations of some of them. The news cameras were there. People driving by honked in support and took pictures of us holding our signs and our babies at the same time. We felt powerful. We felt like we were making a difference.
Well, the outcome, unfortunately, was the exact opposite of what we wanted. The four hospitals in the NW Arkansas metro area, who are usually in competition with one another, joined hands in a show of solidarity, issuing a joint statement affirming their united committment to continue to ban VBAC. In fact, those who had been known to be more "merciful" in their approach, tightened the ban and placed their doctors under strict orders to turn women away who requested support for a VBAC.
Needless to say, I personally spent the summer feeling pretty defeated. I "took a break" from all things birth and tried to focus on the needs of my family. After all, birth work is only one part of my life. Luckily, thanks to some amazing co-leaders, we regrouped. We decided that protesting isn't the only way we can help women, and we decided to focus our efforts on some things more basic: namely
We hope you will stay tuned, because starting tomorrow, September 1st, we have some exciting programs and opportunities for you. Like our "Pampered Mama Giveaway." Click on our homepage to find out how you can win a prize package full of ways to help you relax and enjoy life after birth. Massages, dinner for two, entertainment, spa services, carpet cleaning, a mama-baby photo session, and more! It's all there. And we think you deserve it. Mothering is hard work, after all--as is every really important work.
Hmm. . . after the last year, maybe I need a little pampering.