Friday, May 1, 2009


May is a month for celebrations! On May 5th, International Midwives Day (also called International Day of the Midwife) is recognized around the world. The theme this year is: the world needs midwives now more than ever. Absolutely! On this midwifery blog there is a post about a 24 hour virtual event honoring this day. On an email list I belong to, the suggestion was made that it would be the perfect time to drop a quick thank you note to your midwife in the mail. Or, perhaps you had a very helpful doula or childbirth educator who would appreciate some words of appreciationas well :) You can read other ideas for recognizing International Midwives Day on the MANA site or in my post from last year.

May 9th kicks off the first International Birth Wisdom Week (the women at Independent Childbirth are planning an exciting cyber birth expo! Make sure to check their blog for updates). This is an exciting event and I will be posting more about it, so stay tuned!

May is International Doula Month too! DONA International offers these ideas of how to celebrate:

  • Write an article for a local publication or send a press release to your local media.
  • Host a free doula info night at a library or community center to let parents know about your services, which might also be a great reason for your local press to do a story on doulas.
  • Have a movie night for parents and/or doulas. Show the latest movies, such as "Orgasmic Birth," "The Business of Being Born" or "Pregnant in America," or revisit some of the classics.
  • Create a birthing circle where women can share their birth stories to support each other and/or heal from their birth trauma.
  • Organize a networking day for local doulas to meet, network and support each other with new ideas and co-opetition.
  • Host an at-home spa party for local doulas.
  • Put together info packages that hospitals and birth centers can hand out to expectant parents and/or laboring mothers with suggestions for position changes and comfort measures.
Find more ideas for recognizing Doula Month in your own community in this post.

And, of course, Mother's Day is recognized on May 10th! Enjoy all the celebrations!

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