Not the Choir, But Still Fans

After unveiling my book at the board meeting of the Midwives Alliance I had the privilege of presenting it formally, for the first time “in public,” to the attendees of the ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network) conference, held in St. Louis, Missouri, April 8-10.  I was invited to present the book material in a workshop entitled, “What Really Matters: Using Midwives Stories for Social Change,” that was very well attended and at which we had some lively conversations. My take-home message to them was to gather and share their life-stories because they are important and compelling and will provide inspiration to other women.

Fans of "Into These Hands" at the ICAN conference

ICAN hosted a book signing event one evening in a very festive setting complete with hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. Two other authors had their books for sale, Gail Tulley, Breech Queen of Spinning Babies, and Pam England, of Birthing From Within fame. And while I consider ICAN members to be the Warrior Women of the Normal Birth Movement, they are moms not midwives, so I was not sure how much my book would interest them. As it turns out, it was very well received and I had more sales than I expected. That, of course, was very exciting and very gratifying. And it was so much fun!

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2 Responses to Not the Choir, But Still Fans

  1. Hillary says:

    Your website is beautiful!

    I just read your inspiring call to action in the MANA newsletter and had to come check it out! I was shouting Yes! Yes! Yes! as I read your article. It is so important that we speak the digital native tongue.

    We saw this first hand working with consumers in New York last year to encourage legislators to support the Midwifery Modernization Act. We were able to give consumers a voice in Albany even though women were hours away and immersed in family life!

    Thanks for the inspiration and encouragement!

  2. Thanks Hillary! We have to stick together because everything we do matters! Each of us. Shine one!

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