Some historical perspectives
at 9:00 until 10:30 join the Alabama Friends of Midwives for
a social get-together.
grab some lunch and meet back at 12:30 to hear Midwife Carol
Nelson (Tennessee), present a Maternal and Child Health Seminar
on the American Public Health Association's Resolution titled,
"Increasing Access to Out-of-Hospital Maternity Care
Services through State-Regulated and Nationally-Certified
Direct-Entry Midwives", which she co-authored.
the seminar there will be two viewings (2:00 PM and again
at 5:30 PM) of the film "Born in the U.S.A." with
October 12 at the John Looney House in Ashville, AFOM is holding
an educational booth demonstrating midwifery at the fall festival.
We'll have midwife tools, including fetoscope, birthing chair,
and herbs. I also hope to borrow some books such as A MIDWIFE'S
be in pioneer costume and playing the part of pioneer midwives.
I've had to learn a lot about the issues surrounding women's
health care, man-midwives, barber-surgeons, & the rise
of the AMA in the latter part of the 1800s for this.
and Vesta are putting the finishing touches on the financials
for the recent fundraiser, and will have a report ready to
business meeting & potluck is planned for the leadership
team of AFOM and anyone who is interested in starting an affiliated
chapter on June 8th in Cullman, . . . (ed.
directions). On the agenda so far is: IRS rules for handling
financials, AFOM financials; how nonprofits are structured;
AFOM history, charter, and bylaws; our current agenda, and
anything else you want to discuss.
also has a family **pool party** and potluck in the works
for June 28 at Rickwood State Park. I think this is in Blount
County halfway between Birmingham and Cullman.
also hear about AFOM's public relations and educational endeavors
of the past year, and the conference that was -- and is --
in the works for fall.
y'all. THANK you all for all your hard work and for blessing
my home with your friendship and presence last night. I am
especially touched that there were many who drove 1-2 hours
to be with us.
I dreamed last night of waiting on people,
stepping over tent stakes, tiki torches, and clear plates.
Scott and I analyzed it to death earlier,
wishes he'd of had a chance to ring the triangle -- it is
loud-- to get everyones attention before the blessing. Some
people in the back didn't know the blessing was being said
and continued to converse because they couldn't hear.
He also said we needed salt and pepper on
the tables because the vegies were bland. :-( We could have
had dessert out as soon as the main course was served.
that Jill gave the welcome as dessert was being served was
a nice touch. I didn't mean to tear up (or rant either) but
hey, ladies when we ARE old and grey and can't tell anyone
what we ate for lunch we WILL be able to recall our babies'
births in vivid detail.
He liked Vesta's heartfelt and folksy talk
but did not care much for my diatribe and figured his dad
& his wife thought I was preaching a sermon to them (they
have never been terribly supportive of our decision to homebirth.
His dad's wife never did look over the display, I think she
was afraid to.) since no one applauded wildly when I tried
to 'preach it'. Hey someone has to be the rabble rouser here.
I hope people had a nice evening and felt
like they got waited on and had a nice dinner; not barbecue
in someone's dinky yard.
Clean up, the biggest thing to do is take
down the tents. AFOM has a nice big plastic container of stuff
for future events -- 2 sun tents, pens, sharpies, nametags,
plates, napkins, tiki torches, candles, a nice display board
and permenant reference book for booths, and so forth.
The grand total is not in yet, as I found
money and checks from when I said, pass up your envelopes.
Some families have not settled up on silent auction items.
We'll see how much we cleared after expenses.
I understand, however, we raised enough
money to fund the the immediate need (legal defense bills)
and start a c3 and c4, maybe invest a little....
All in all, though, the best thing is working
with such a dedicated group of intelligent, diverse, passionate
But the post-mortem fun begins....
more information on the Birmingham area chapter contact
4 June, 2007