The third and final gathering of the Summer Series for the Birth Philosophy Meetup Group was chock full of really interesting info and conversation! Here is a brief report of what we covered on July 28th over at the Life Alive Café in Salem, MA.
Jennifer, a doula, shared information about a group she and Kira of North Shore Birth and Beyond are hosting that allow people to process their birth if they have any lingering feelings of disappointment, anger or trauma. What a great offering. This type of circle can be really healing and important for those who might need it. The next gathering of this group is Thursday, August 29th in Salem. Click here for more details.
Also, this duo is holding a Meet the Doulas event at Hip Baby Gear in Marblehead this Saturday, August 3rd. That is tomorrow! Get more info here.
Kira is also offering a Fertility Awarness Meetup for anyone in the area to get together and discuss fertility awareness method for birth control, or for achieving pregnancy. This is incredibly valuable information to have for women at any stage of their life so hats off to Kira for offering this peer to peer sharing group. We discussed how we wish that more younger women could have access to information about these type of options for managing fertility, particularly for those who might like to avoid hormonal birth control for various reasons.
And, I have to say, I really also love that Kira also has her own lending library of books on midwifery, parenting, women’s studies, pregnancy, fertility, birth, breastfeeding etc. I love this! There are so many interesting threads and topics to explore in regard to these topics. Digging deeper into some of the great books out there is how all of us really get to know more about some of these areas. A movie screening of A Birth Story (August 8th @ 7PM) and a breastfeeding support group at Hip Baby Gear in Marblehead are also events that Kira is hosting in the near future so check out her site for more info on these events or if you want to track her down to borrow a book.
Kathleen of Side by Side Doulas gave us an overview of the many services that she and her partners offer. They include Hypnobirthing, Wavework, Belly Casting and Mapping, Lactation Support, C-Section Prep and Doula Mentoring in addition to Birth and Postpartum Doula services. Kathleen also works for WIC. Check out her website here.
Nicole and Kathy drove up from the South Shore with small people in tow, which was great! We were so glad that they made the trek. Kathy is a nurse and Nicole is a doula. We talked about the challenges of pursuing our careers as birth workers and balancing that with family and mothering and all the rest. Always a great topic.
Group members Chris, a newer doula, and Maire a local IBCLC in private practice and Nursing Mother’s Counselor were also in attendance. Below is a picture of the group as we were occupying the back seating area enjoying our tasty food and conversation. If you are in the area, do join us for the next gathering. Thanks to everyone for coming out and sharing about the important work you are doing. I will post the dates for the Fall Meetup Series as soon as they are set.
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Enjoy the great month of August. I’ll be hitting the beach as much as I can while the getting is good.