Well, the weather today makes me feel that Summer very well may be behind us now, but I welcome the Fall! I love this time of year. The air may be a little cooler, but the days are still long, the sun still hot when it's shining, and the ocean is at its warmest. Routine also seems more attainable this time of year, and I actually appreciate it after a playful summer.
I also finally have myself organized enough to have chosen dates to host a Birth Education Course in November, and am really looking forward to it! This time around I decided to make it a two-part course, instead of cramming everything into one day. This also opens up some options, allowing women who are not yet pregnant, birth workers, etc. who desire truthful information about pregnancy, to take part in the first session. And will give birth workers and pregnant parents wishing to attend both sessions a chance to absorb information, develop questions, and build more of a community with their fellow attendees before getting into the nitty grittys of the physiology of birth, comfort measures, baby proofing their relationships, etc. The days will be broken down more or less like this:
The course can be taken in full, or you are welcome to register for the first session only.
The cost is $125 for the full course, you are welcome to bring a support person and/or your other children, or $75 for the first session only.
This course is about getting truthful, birth positive information out to hopeful or expectant parents to dispel the culture of fear that surrounds pregnancy and birth. I hope that the information you gain will fill you with confidence in yourself and your body, empower you to take charge of decision making in your pregnancy and birth experience, and invite you to explore your own feelings attached to birth...and hopefully you'll learn something new!
Having a small community to journey through this short course with is a blessing, so spread the word to folks you think may be interested. It's so powerful to learn alongside other like-minded people, and your active participation and inquisitive minds will make the course even greater.
Get in touch with me via email, facebook, or by calling (902) 452-4890 to register or ask questions.
There was this moment last winter when I saw that my friend, fellow Birth Worker, and all around wise-woman, Yolande Clark, had shared a beautiful photo on Facebook:
tThe photo wasn't of her, so I read the caption and was appalled to read that this photo had been flagged on Facebook and the woman in the photo, Maryn Green of Indie Birth , had her account shut down for 24 hours as a result. As a result of her sharing this gorgeous photo of the moment after her empowering, family-attended homebirth. Apparently someone found it offensive, flagged it, and the hint of a nipple was enough for Facebook to shut 'er down.. I think this picture is just about the most beautiful thing that could go around social media. We need more images of strong, healthy, empowered mothers feeling strong and proud right after giving birth. I shared this image in equal parts protest and sisterhood.
An old friend from my undergrad days, who is now an editor for Huff Post, saw this and asked me to write an article on the topic of birth being censored in the media. Follow the link below to read the article.
The comments are pretty scathing at times, but hey, not everyone is ready to hear that they've been brain washed and manipulated into participating in and supporting a system that would hate them, objectify them, lie to them, and abuse them; and not everyone is ready to see that they contribute to perpetuating the patriarchy that tries to bind us.
Kate Varsava is a Halifax, NS based lover of wit, whimsy, and word-play. Late-nights, mid-morning coffee, quiet meditations, and the elements of nature inspire her sentiments and observations.