Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Welcome to BOLD. And to our Sisters who are joining us again, welcome back. Thank you for knowing that now is the time to be BOLD in maternity care. Thank you for your commitment and dedication to mothers, babies and families. Thank you for saying, “yes” to change in your community. Thank you for being brave enough to use theater and/or a BOLD Red Tent to raise awareness and money for mother-friendly maternity care. Thank you for taking your seed of hope and sharing it with your community. Thank you in this time of economic challenge for seeing an opportunity to rise above and bring mothers back to their power center.
What I know is that for the past four years the BOLD movement has broken maternity care barriers in communities, started important discussions, created birth networks, opened birth centers, enlightened ailing maternity care facilities, held hundreds of BOLD Red Tents, got students and new moms and dads chanting “my body rocks” and believing it, and raised over $200,000 for local community-based organizations working hard to make maternity care mother-friendly.
Yes, BOLD rocks.
And so do you. Your passion to give mothers back their voices rocks. Your drive to make sure maternity care is recognized as a human rights/women’s rights issue rocks. Your determination to bring together a director, cast, production help and get a diverse audience in their seats while at the same time juggling sick kids, driving to soccer practices, doing laundry and making dinner rocks.
Let’s put on as many productions as we can in 2011, wear our BOLD t-shirts, celebrate our victories with BOLD “After Birth” parties and let the world know what maternity care is really like today and what it can be in the future. Let’s also find moments to experience pleasure for yourself, let family and friends help out, and take time to walk barefoot on this precious earth, grounding yourself when you need it.
This year BOLD’s theme is: Every BOLD Mother Counts. We’re asking each BOLD location to not only educate about their local maternity care conditions, but to raise awareness about maternity care conditions for other mothers, especially women from low income and diverse communities either in your backyard or around the world. How are homeless mothers in your community giving birth? Women in prisons? How did mothers give birth after the Tsunami in Asia? What challenges do women in rural Uganda and Tanzania face getting to the hospital or clinic to give birth? There are many local and global maternal health issues for marginalized mothers that need our attention. You can plant the seed in your community for people to “get” how maternity care affects all mothers. Every BOLD mother counts.
I look forward to hearing about your BOLDness this year. Let’s make 2011 a year of BOLD passion, action and change in maternity care. Moms deserve better. We know it, let’s do it.
With love and gratitude,
**To receive a BOLD 2011 application click here.
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
If you’ve been to a BOLD event you know theater is a powerful vehicle. At BOLD we’ve seen great victories happen in communities who bring my play “Birth” to their local colleges, to university and high school students, and to local pregnant moms. But recently we’ve begun to face the limits of live theater: you can’t easily produce a play on every college campus, in human sexuality and women studies classes, and childbirth educators can’t take every class they teach to a play.
When we put on our BOLD thinking cap we decided it is time to create a BOLD Kit that can be used by University students, professors and childbirth educators. The kit would include a DVD of the play “Birth”, several dynamic talkbacks from BOLD communities and an extensive resource study guide to provide important, timely information on maternity care.
How can you help make our BOLD vision a reality? We’ve teamed up with My Mommy Manual to offer two products that BOLD will receive 50 percent of the profits. This can make our BOLD kits happen!
Here are three BOLD steps you can take right now:
1. Buy the two My Mommy Manual products! (click on the links below for more information). These products are super mom-friendly!
2. Post a link about this fundraiser to your Facebook Page encouraging your friends to support BOLD! Here are the links:
For Holding Hands Bracelet: http://www.etsy.com/listing/52945003/holding-hands-glass-charm-bracelet-small (be sure to tell people to add "BOLD" in a note when they checkout)
For Yoga Parenting Course: http://www.parenting-course.com/go.php?offer=bold2006&pid=1
3. If you have a website or blog that parents frequent, post these offers on your site either using the links above or email us at email@example.com to get graphic codes.
Thank you for supporting BOLD! And thanks to Suzanne and Ria, the two BOLD moms who started My Mommy Manual. If you haven’t checked out their website I encourage you to do it now – they ROCK!