Whew, have we been busy! Finally a moment to catch our breath and share all the exciting goings on. Firstly, the book is finally out! “The Essential Homebirth Guide” was released by Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster on Feb 12, to wonderful reviews. Everyone has been so supportive and kind, and we really can’t thank you all enough. You can buy it in practically any bookstore, or, of course, on amazon. Here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1451668627/ref=s9_psimh_gw_p14_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0T7RFCQWTVBYMPB23PS4&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1389517282&pf_rd_i=507846
Boy, that is really long and ugly. Ah, well. We’ve had a lot of fun doing promotional events; our favorite was being on Dr. Christiane Northrup’s radio show, “Flourish.” She was a very generous hostess, and gave a lot of airtime to Vaginal Birth After Cesarean, one of our favorite topics. We were completely nervous, but the hour flew by! We’ve also been doing a lot of guest blog posts on some very well known sites, including parents.com. Imagine our surprise when our article, complete with a picture of the book cover, was flashed on the Rachel Maddow show! One of our intrepid friends was able to get a screen shot of the exact moment: Pretty wild, eh? We heard about it as we were coming back from a book singing in Olympia, and there was a lot of screaming and overjoy-ed-ness, I promise. Such fun!
Jodilyn’s newest venture The Essential Birth and Family Center in South Seattle is off to a roaring success. It has become quite the hub in the short time it has been open, hosting all kinds of groups and services for young families. It is so needed, and we couldn’t be more pleased. Here’s the website, so you can check out the latest offerings: http://www.essentialbirthandfamily.com/
Jane is off to Uganda again in October, teaching the second annual Shanti Uganda Doula Training. This year we are adding a NARM Review Retreat, for all those student midwives who are preparing to sit the exam. It is going to be an amazing time of study and reflection, and I cannot tell you how excited I am about this. Please feel free to pass it on to all the student midwives you know. Wouldn’t it make a fantastic graduation gift? More information about both trips can be found on the Shanti Uganda page, here http://shantiuganda.org/get-involved/doula-training/ and here: http://shantiuganda.org/get-involved/volunteer/narm-review-retreat/ There is just nothing else like these two programs out there, and it would tickle me pink if you decided to join us. I will also be staying on in Uganda for three months, catching babies, doing some more midwifery trainings, and generally just having a rocking good time. I can’t wait!
We are also attending the Midwifery Today conference in Eugene, Oregon April 4-7, schlepping books, networking and filling up our midwifery cups. We can’t wait to hang out with our favorite people in this community, and hopefully meet some new friends.
So that’s the update. What have you all been up to? We’d love to hear from you!