Nine months ago, we found out. At first we were nervous. Scared, really. What was going to happen? What would the future bring? How were we going to handle this huge news? We started talking to people about it. We realized that there were a lot of people in the community who felt the same way we did. And then it started growing. Slowly at first, and then faster and faster. We started showing. And the community started to notice. During the second trimester, things started changing very quickly. We felt good, though. We had a lot of energy, and the nervousness was gone. It was replaced with excitement for the future. We were ready to get this baby going!
And now, 9 months later, we are the proud “parents” of a beautiful baby that is bigger than we ever could have imagined. Who could have imagined that a private ob practice would fire two of our community’s midwives, leaving 80 women and their families without the care provider of their choice? This action jump started a grassroots movement that advocates and educates for and about midwives in hospitals, homes, and freestanding birth centers. Where’s My Midwife? is on its way to becoming a non-profit group, with a beautiful new website, www.wheresmymidwife.org, and hundreds of members, volunteers, and supporters. We have already made big changes in the community, and are ready to make some more. It is amazing how a group of people can effect such change. All we needed was a little bit of passion to make this incredible baby. The more support we received, the more we were able to accomplish. And we’re still on a roll. We have a lot more to accomplish to reach our goal of educating the community and establishing a birth center in our community. So we still need help and support.
The thing is, I still have friends who say to me, “Why should I care? I’m not a pregnant woman. I’m not in my childbearing years. Why should I support Where’s My Midwife?”
Take a look at non-profit groups that you may have volunteered for in the past, or that you may be passionate about:
The Humane Society – but you’re not a cat in need of a home.
The March of Dimes – but you’re not a premature baby.
Habitat for Humanity – but you don’t need a new house.
Boys and Girls Clubs of America – you’re not a teenager in need of a mentor
You have been passionate about these issues because you feel strongly that they support a good cause. You agree with their mission statements. You believe that these people, children, and animals deserve better.
The women of our community and the world deserve better. They deserve access to the type of care they want. We have a smorgasbord of options when it comes to things like food, restaurants, and movie theaters. Please help us bring the same kind of options to women’s healthcare. Follow us on our website. Join us in our fund raising and entertaining events. Sign up to become a member. See what we’re doing at www.wheresmymidwife.org.