Making Birth Matter
Organized by: Jenn Barry
I was in the middle of the parking lot. Tears were streaming down my face as I sobbed in my husband Roland's arms. 'I just can't do it.' It was our first week at a new daycare. They had to push furniture in front of the door because Dorothy, my 2 year old, would do the best she could to escape. I trembled as I tried to explain to the infant teacher how to hold my newborn baby. I winced when I dropped off my 4 year, Elsie, to her room. It seemed as if no one even knew she was there as her teacher didn't even glance up from her phone. My health started to deteriorate as my stress levels starting climbing. And then, on a bright, warm day in November, I quit. Day by day, I started building my dream in the birth community. Having had a traumatic birth experience followed by 2 beautiful natural births, I needed to be involved. I sought out training in my field and without any money in our account, we made it happen. My family, my friends, my husband... All of them lifted me up and funded my way on this journey. And here I am. My life completely different from just a year ago. I'm teaching couples about natural birth. I'm counseling new mothers on how to breastfeed. I am making a difference. I am making birth matter. I am hosting this fundraiser to build a studio in our house to have our classes. I want to be able to have a place where couples can come but a place where I can also be close to my family. Currently, I am paying money to have my classes in someone else's studio.
If we could raise this money, it will help to build this studio in our house. We would need to make a walkway to the backyard and fix the stairs that go downstairs. We would need to put in a bathroom, flooring, and walls.
Once built, we can start running classes here and continue to make birth matter. We could hold community events here, prenatal yoga, family yoga, the possibilities are endless!
Please help me on my journey!