Monday, April 20, 2009

The full life.

Man, it has been a busy, busy week! Do you all know that I'm a doula? It isn't something that I have talked about too much over here, but when I am not crafting, supporting families and advocating for birth is something I am passionate about. This week I attended my first two births ever as a doula! Both mama's were incredible, strong and unbelievably powerful. Watching these two baby boys enter the world by the most beautiful and natural process, was such a privilege.

Empowering and valueing families, natural birth, quality maternity care, reproductive rights and sexual health are things I feel really strongly about. Myself, along with a couple other fabulous doulas have started a doula collective here in Vancouver, and so if you'd like to check that out you can head over to to meet the other doulas, and follow our thoughts on various issues surrounding the birth community. Of course, if you're in Vancouver and are looking for someone to support you in your pregnancy and labour, make sure you drop us an email!

The weekend was rounded off with a fundraiser event at Lunapads for Pads 4 Girls and Shanti Uganda on Friday. The wonderful Peggy O'Mara (Mothering Magazine) spoke to a bunch of local female entrepreneurs about her career as the owner of the only independently owned natural parenting magazine, and we all had the chance to bounce ideas of each other and network (I always feel strange using that word!) with other local business owners.

Over the weekend, the Vancouver Craft Mafia and I celebrated Earth Day and eco-friendly crafting with a showcase of local crafters at Metrotown, and then the Vancouver Swap-O-Rama-Rama clothing and craft supply swap. Both events were a blast, and I scored an awesome new jacket, but I was beat by the time the weekend was over!

Two more weeks until Got Craft! Eeep! I will be keeping you updated with my crafting as I go!


Urban Environmentalist said...

That is so exciting! I wish I had a doula for the birth of my son. Maybe for the next one! Sounds like you've been quite the busy lady with the babies and the crafting

The Little Mama said...

Busy lady! Missing you!

Amber Csar said...

I'm so excited, just so so excited. Did I mention that?

Thank you so much for all your hard work pulling this stunning website together. Have the kettle (or, pot whatever you call it!) on, I'm antsy to see postcards and 'business' cards.

You might even encourage me to knit again...eeep, so excited!

Jac said...

Hi Becka, That sounds like a seriously busy week you've been having there but you sound as if you've been enjoying it, lol! If you send me your details, I can get your pay it forward gift sent out to you sometime soon! :)

handmade romance said...

WOW what a week!! Congrats on attending your first births as a doula! x