Shortly after the CIMS conference, I headed to beautiful San Diego to attend a Doula Training with Penny Simkin in order to become a doula trainer. Hopefully by this March, the process will be complete. Its been a long journey to becoming a certified doula, and then trainer, but I've learned so much.
In June I attended what was my favorite conference of the year (in a year of conferences) The Inequities in Breastfeeding Support conference in what is sure to become one of my favorite cities- Seattle. Here I am pictured with the Titans of Lactation: (from L to R) Michelle Sarju, Kathy Barber, Shafia Monroe, me and Kim Durdin. I have so loved and enjoyed the ladies I met at this conference, and found a new bestie in Cynthia Good Mojab. It was here that my ideas caught the attention of ILCA. I'll be presenting at their conference this year and acting as an advisory as they discuss the issue of diversifying the ranks of LCs (an issue near and dear to my heart). Uzazi Village started its LC Mentorship Program in 2013 to help candidates get needed hours. This conference was groundbreaking and has set the stage for continued dialog on white privilege and breastfeeding inequities and other perinatal inequities.
So glad that I invested the time and energy into creating Perinatal Academy, a 16 week course for 'all things perinatal'. Here I am with the 1st class celebrating our big finish in September after meeting all summer. We celebrated at a local Indian restaurant. National marketing of the course starts soon.
The Kansas City Chapter of Baby Wearing International contacted us about donating babywearing gear. We have also been the recipient of others generosity of donating gear. Fast forward several months, we have dozens of slings, wraps and carriers, and are happily planning the first of quarterly Baby Wearing Fashion Shows and Give-Aways. I have also been asked to be a keynote at their national conference in Phoenix this year. I love babywearing!
The Fall brought another lovely trip to San Diego to teach a faculty workshop for a midwifery school. Thanks to the lovely ladies of Nizhoni for hosting me. I also had the thrill of having a day to visit three birth centers in and around the city. Can't wait for my next excuse to get back to San Diego. This photo was from the school graduation ceremony. Bittersweet- since my midwifery class graduated without me a few months back.
Ah home to my longtime Sisterhood, in the Ozarks. I enjoyed a much need weekend in a cabin in the woods at the Morningstar Retreat Center. I spent a day teaching NRP to midwife students and then enjoyed a Feminine Mass led by Sr. Morningstar.
Enjoyed a wildly successful reception for local healthcare providers to learn about our upcoming continuing education classes. This same day, our first Chocolate Milk Café replication was set in motion as Racquel traveled from our state capital three hours away to spend the day with us training as a facilitator. We are thrilled to see our support group model replicated, especially by a WIC agency!
Yes, 2013 has been amazing. Can't wait to see what 2014 holds.