Friday, September 5, 2014

Barbara Rivera is a very busy homeschooling mother of 3. She is an artist, a writer, a children’s book author and the creator of the global Empowered Birth Awareness Week (EBAW). Her excitement lies in using the power of social media, art, jewelry, and collective networks to raise awareness about the power of making informed choices during pregnancy, birth and beyond.

Empowered Birth Awareness Week (EBAW) is a yearly event in which individuals and organizations unite to focus their time, energy and resources to create social change regarding the issues which affect pregnant and birthing mothers. EBAW creates a unifying platform to connect all of those who are making a difference this week to “power the wave of change.”

We call on individuals and professionals, to focus whatever resources they have available to them and flood the public this week with conversations, definitions, ideas, images, stories and more about empowered birth choices, both on the internet and on the ground. 

We invite you to join us starting with the Improving Birth Rally on Labor Day, and make Empowered Birth Awareness Week your own. 

Here are 6 ideas:
1. Give a shout out to Empowered Birth Awareness Week using social media. Blog, post or create a meme talking about what Empowered Birth means to you. Talk about your own birth, what did you like about it? What would you do differently if you knew better.
2. Wear turquoise all week! 
This is the color of the Birth Revolution and symbolizes how we are uniting to create a “wave of change,” regarding the transformation of the many problems regarding birth.
3. Choose an organization which is taking action a to improve birth and have a fundraising blast this week! This can be a yard sale, or a lemonade stand. Do something silly! Offer to your friends, family and/or employees the chance to pour a bucket of ice water on you- if they make a donation to your cause! Take what you make that week and donate it to those improving birth. We have listed several important organizations you may want to support on our site.

4. Send a note to the person or to the place where you gave birth. Let them know how you feel about your birth with them. How can they improve? How were they amazing? Let them know.
5. Honor a birthworker, a mother, a mentor or a special friend in some way. Find someone each of the seven days of EBAW to thank, and tell them what they mean to you. You can write a blog, send them a letter, or even send a small gift to them as a symbol of your gratitude. 

We all have those people who have been instrumental in shaping who are today. There are birthworkers who have “held the line” for all of us, many time is hostile climates, working hard to ensure that women have a safe place to birth. There are many who have dedicated their lives to keeping mothers and babies whole. 
Thank them this week and add your energetic, “ YES!” to the good that exists in the world. 
6. Please visit the EBAW page to find some more ideas about how you can pparticipate this week!


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