March 8th is International Woman’s Day and it is also Ina May’s birthday! To celebrate want to share a couple special things that will be happening with Ina May and elsewhere…
One is that tomorrow, in Debra’s ancestor’s village of Agerola on the Amalfi Coast of Italy, they will be celebrating International Woman’s Day as one of their Festivals of Life. On this day all the women in Agerola are celebrated. Women are given Mimosa flowers and taken out to dinner, as the men celebrate the women in their village, together they remember the many women who live in much more challenging situations. Read Debra’s blog about Agerola and the many festivals there.
Everybody sing: “Let your monkey do it!”
We are also celebrating Ina May Gaskin, world-renowned midwife, on International Woman’s day as it is also her Birthday! Debra is honored to call Ina May a special friend. We are very grateful to Angelika Rodler and Marion Ritz-Valentin who came up with a very creative way to support Ina May. Angelika and Marion created a special song, “the crowd:loving:birthsong:experiment” (song excerpted in video below). To support Ina May everyone on the obirth team will be purchasing the download for a mere $1.29 and sharing this great opportunity with our friends and colleagues. Every single cent of income is donated to Ina May and her projects. Happy Birthday Ina May!
“A new and juicy way to show our love and sisterhood in action….so please share with your friends and lets start an amazing lovestorm for our hero!”
Join us as we continue to advocate for every woman’s human rights in childbirth and beyond as well as to celebrate Ina May and her lifetime of work to create safe, respectful and healthy births for all MotherBaby’s.
Ina May Gaskin is our hero. She inspires us to be joyful, brave and funny, she tells us stories we´ll never forget. Because of her teachings so many women have been empowered to explore birth as their holy sacrament. She´s also a hero for m…any midwives, a heartfealt teacher and researcher. Nobody can count all the positive effects of her work for the birth-culture all over the world. For me –and I know that thousands of women will agree – she was the one who changed everything I thought about childbirth. I wouldn’t be the same and my lovely birthstories would sound different without her wisdom. Since many years Ina May is educating my Austrian Doulatribe and the midwives here. I heart so many people thanking her with tears of love in their eyes – we are so many everywhere on this planet! My biggest wish is to say “thank you”, but not only with words. Let´s show Ina May our love and support with this the crowd:loving:birthsong:experiment.
How will you celebrate International Women’s Day? A day to honor women and our collective efforts for equality. What festival and rituals do you have in your family and region of the world or will you create a new one? Please share your story and ceremonies here or on our facebook page.