There are two places where I would love for you to help me out:
Yelp and The Birth Survey
Both of these are review sites that will help women understand about my practice and the value of midwifery care. If you have a moment, please write up a review under Wisewoman Childbirth Traditions and Maria Iorillo.
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Welcome 2011 Babies!
Casey Rose Bali
Audrey Violet Lenora
Finley Mae Soleil
Charles Linekin Kindsvater
Francesca Olga Margaret
Jane Anne Kearns
The Welcome List at my office was the longest it has ever been! 65 babies in all! Wow, I am so honored and thrilled to have been invited to so many births. Honestly, it was a little busy (especially October through December) but I had an amazing year witnessing so many of you in your brave and courageous journeys through birth. I still haven’t even gotten all of the stories up on my blog and website. I will though, I promise!! It is so important to share birth stories. Why is birth so important? Why is it so transformative? We learn from each other and I have had the incredible opportunity to learn from you.
So, my 2011 January babies have had their first birthdays, while my Decembers are just now becoming more aware of the world. What a joy and an inspiration! I hope you are all having a ball!
Thank you for trusting me in your vulnerability and having confidence in birth. Thank you for inviting me to your precious births – the “un-do-over-able” moments that make our lives profound.
With lots of love and gratitude,
The 2012 season of giving has begun! This year I will be fundraising to bring 3 Haitian midwives to the US for our annual midwifery conference in September. This will allow three of the most inspiring midwives to come and learn in the US for 2 weeks. I will be hosting them at my house and I hope many of you will get to meet Genette, Marthonie and Esther.
I am confident that these midwives have the potential to be leaders in their communities. I am hoping to provide an opportunity for each of them to be inspired by our midwifery work and community here in the US. I will need to raise around $9000 to bring all of them here.
Donate online now!
I will also be fundraising for Dina and I to travel to Haiti again this summer. We will continue our work with Midwives for Haiti and the new students at the St. Therese hospital in Hinche. You can see Dina’s 2011 update about the program here:
Midwives for Haiti 2011 Update
For Dina and I, the continuity of returning to Hinche every year has allowed us to build trust with the midwives, become more familiar with the program, and, therefore, work more efficiently and effectively while we are there. We will need $2000 to pay our program fees and airfares.
So, all in all, I am hoping to raise $11,000 this year to help the moms and babies of Haiti. Thank you to all who have donated baby clothes and supplies. Those simple things mean so much to the women that we work with.
Send your donations to me at 206 27th St., San Francisco, CA, 94131. Make checks out to Midwives for Haiti. Small donations for us can mean life-saving changes for Haiti. If your company has a matching program, please consider giving. Midwives For Haiti is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit and can receive your match!
Maia’s Dad, Brian, is an amazing Italian cook. He came over and very patiently showed me how to make Butternut Squash Ravioli. Gillian and baby Maia say, "So yummy!" Brian just whips these up. Thanks for the lesson!