Last month, I had the pleasure of attending a Birth Without Fear conference in Burlington, VT. January Harshe started Birth Without Fear as a way “to let women know they have choices in childbirth.” It has grown into “an inspiration and support to women and their families through their trying to conceive, pregnancy, birth and post partum journeys.” January does an amazing job helping women feel beautiful and powerful just the way they are. She is a strong woman who uses her strength to bring other women up.
I have been very fortunate to have had many outlets to share my own birth story and to connect with other women who have given birth recently. However, that is rarely the case today. With the growing reliance on socializing through social media, we are missing out on real, face-to-face connections with our peers. The Birth Without Fear conference is a way for women to meet and hear first-hand that their stories are valid and that they have the right to want more out of the birthing industry.
My doula partner Rainbow Crabtree and I are a part of a group called the St. Lawrence County Birth Connection, which is working to make birth a more positive experience for women in St. Lawrence County. One of the ways we’re tackling this huge goal is by hosting an evening to share birth stories. On Wednesday, November 16th, Birth Story Share: Holding Space to Honor All Births will occur at the Presbyterian Church on the Park in Canton. Join us from 6:30 – 8:30 pm for a chance to share your stories and hear from other mothers. We will provide light snacks and childcare.
If we don’t talk to each other about what we’re experiencing, nothing will ever change. We don’t have to move mountains – we only need to be there for each other and provide the space for healing and growth. The more we share, the more the world will be forced to listen.
New Day Doula
Rainbow and Mary share thoughts on pregnancy, birth, and the parenting journey.