In June I wrote a post about reconnecting to past dreams and my slow release of birth advocacy to take up other passions. Many of you wrote me to wish me luck on new endeavors and thanked me for the work I’ve put in over the past two and a half years.
I got busy taking photos, started a personal blog and got off the computer during the day once and for all.
Then, something rather interesting happened.
Two emails came into my inbox that absolutely floored me. In an instant, I knew my time in birth work was far from over. I accepted the cosmic message with all my heart and started brainstorming fresh ideas about how I can make a difference during pregnancy, labor and birth for families worldwide, as well as on a local level.
One email was an invitation to be a panelist after an upcoming presentation of Freedom for Birth, The Mother’s Revolution by One World Birth. Me? With all the natural childbirth experts in my area to choose from? I was surprised and honored to be asked. It made me realize how I am seen in my community, and proud of the work I’ve done to get here.
Email number two was a great offer to partner with Donna Ryan and her incredible board of directors of Birth Boot Camp, Training Couples in Natural Childbirth.
I was granted back office access and an exclusive interview with Donna. Without giving anything away about the course, let me just saw this: I am “wow” impressed with Birth Boot Camp and may become more involved in the future. Stay tuned for a full week of information about Birth Boot Camp next week – August 27th through the 31st.
And there’s more. Steve from YourBabyBooty emailed me the other day. I’m currently working on answering a preliminary questions for my first ever Skype interview.
Receiving these emails has been a pleasant surprise…and it all really feels right. I clearly see opportunity to continue my advocacy work in a way that doesn’t require that I have another baby. I can be inspired to action through helping other families considering home birth through childbirth education, interviews, reviews, etc. (duh!) The moment when I slowed down, enlisted more contributors to Bring Birth Home and spent more time offline with my family, it all came together. Interesting.
Spending time and energy toward something so righteously important as birth has paid off in so many ways. I’m glad to be right here, right now, and looking forward to the future.