Over a month after my return from Haiti, I left for the Midwives Alliance of North America conference in Nashville and board meetings on the Farm in Tennessee. I traveled to the iconic site in Summertown where Ina May and friends caught babies and sparked an interest in alternative, more natural birthing options during a time when hospitals denied partners (mostly husbands) the right to be in the birth room and twilight sleep was the norm. Here I am with Ina May who was the recipient of MANA’s most prestigious award, the Sage Femme award.
We also spent some good time with Carol Nelson who told us lots of background about the Farm commune-now-collective.
Haiti still weighs heavily on my mind as I am reminded of the courageous midwives and the women they serve. I displayed photos of my trip at the conference that you can see here:
Faces of Haiti Slideshow
Of course, if you didn’t get a chance to follow my journey as it was happening, you can read about it on my blog at: wisewomanchildbirth.blogspot.com
Click on the "Haiti Blog Pages" in the upper right.
Thank you to all who read my blog and helped to share the stories of birthing women in Haiti. As we look more and more towards a global community, I know that there are ways that we can share our resources, wealth and talent with our sister midwives and mothers in Haiti. My vision is to create a bridge from American mothers to Haitian mothers through the midwives.
Check out the movie Dina made about the hospitality house we stayed at in Port-au-Prince:
Matthew 25 House: PAP
In the coming weeks we will be hosting fundraisers and informational evenings about Hait and other Global initiatives. Please check out the calendar below and join us. We can't wait to see you!!
Maria A. Iorillo, LM, CPM
Please come out to the SUNRISE RESTAURANT, 3126 24th St at Shotwell in San Francisco from 5 to 7:30pm. This will be a midwifery fundraiser that is family-friendly. Come eat pupusas for dinner and hear about MANA’s Global Outreach committee. The proceeds from this evening will support local midwives attending an international conference in South Africa in 2011. There will be a live DJ, great food and a fun happy hour for all! 5-7:30pm. See you there!
Come to the Wisewoman Childbirth Traditions Women's Circle! On Nov 12, Tamar Peltz will be doing a cooking demo at Maria's house at 206 27th St. from 11-1pm. Learn how to make almond milk, greens and other nutritious goodies for pregnancy and postpartum. Bring your lunch! WCT Women's Circles are the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month from 11-1pm at More Mojo.
SF Birth and Baby Fair at Fort Mason, 10am to 5pm. Check out www.birthandbabyfair.com for more info.
Bay Area Homebirth Collective Winter Gathering! Mark your calendars. Location to be announced shortly!
SPORTS BASEMENT -- Shop till you drop! Do your Xmas shopping early and support the Midwives Alliance of North America! Sports Basement will donate a portion of their proceeds to MANA when you shop during the evening hours. We'll serve the refreshments for your shopping enjoyment, see you then!
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