Make your mark, do your part! Take a moment to donate $1, $5, $10…anything you can to m.a.m.a. e a r t h supporters, Quetzal. They are halfway to reaching their goal for a new music project but they need your help!
m.a.m.a. earth celebrates the many ways that we can make positive change in our communities around the world. As this week marks World Doula Week, we are celebrating the sentiment that it’s not just the making of babies, but the making of mothers that is the miracle of birth.
What is a doula? A Doula is a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth. The purpose of World Doula Week is to empower doulas all over the world to improve the physiological, social, emotional, and psychological health of women, newborns and families in birth and in the postpartum period. World Doula Week events are taking place all over the world this week, celebrating the benefits of the presence of doulas in birth and in the postpartum period.
Did you know that the presence of a doula at childbirth reduces the incidence of c-section, may shorten the length of labor, reduces epidural and analgesic requests, increases breastfeeding initiation and continuation, reduces the incidence of postpartum mood disorders andincreases a mother’s satisfaction with her birth experience?
The fact that the United States has a higher ratio of maternal deaths than at least 40 other countries, even though it spends more money per capita for maternity care than any other is more than enough reason to champion empowered birth and support expanding women’s choices in how they give birth.
Javoni, a m.a.m.a. and Doula.
Since 2007, m.a.m.a. earth has been offering up easy ways for people to give to charitable causes and support issues that affect us all.
Enter stage left: Peaces of Love made by m.a.m.a. earth sister, artist, doula, designer and all around creative being, Javoni Karisma. (Fun fact: Javoni’s husband is Dwayne Dugger – the super-talented saxophonist in Bruno Mars’ band!) She produces these beautifully wearable kimono robes and if you order one now, a portion of proceeds will support Doulas of Love pay for a teen or single “low income” mother’s doula services.
Want to learn more? Do yourself a favor and pick up one or ALL of Ina May Gaskin’s books. Ina May is a world-renowned midwife and women’s advocate who Gaskin asserts that the way in which women become mothers is a women’s rights issue, and it is perhaps the act that most powerfully exhibits what it is to be instinctually human. Ina May is showing us how to trust women, value birth, and reconcile modern life with a process as old as our species.
Sending all of of our love to the midwives, doulas supporting mamas and babies around the world!