So this evening I sit using my cell phone to write a quick post for an evening Monday Musing. I am using my phone and will post this without ever seeing it on a computer screen. This is not something I normally do but since I still have no power since Hurricaine Isaac *SCREAMING* its my only option. Yes I could go to a friends who has power but they are dealing with their own mess and that’s not really the issue. I had plans to write a really nice post about the fact that today all across the country women protested for women centered care for the Improving Birth Rally as a part of Empowered Birth Awareness Week.
My post was not going to be really about these rallies directly but was going to be more about the fact that this is the beginning of Infant Mortality Awareness Month and most of the women participating in those protests don’t even realize it. I applaud the organizers for their work they have done to empower women to have better birth experiences. Their work helps all women and were it not for Isaac I would have participated here in Louisiana. Mother friendly care can have a positive impact on infant mortality.
I know that some of the women who participated nation wide may have known but as I purused the facebook pages and websites…. Not one word. Not one solid word about the fact that its Infant Mortality Awareness month.Not one slogan for a sign that mentioned the connection between infant mortality and quality care.
Am I fully surprised? Not really and that’s the unfortunate part. It brings me back to some posts that asked the question “when will you care?” When will you care that the United States ranks behind 40 other nations when recent infant mortality stats are compared. When will we get a national rally to save OUR babies who die greater than twice the rate of white babies??? When will you care??
I would link to it… but since I’m on my PHONE. WITH. NO. POWER and no real internet access….! I will invite you to search for it in my archives *_*
Its a real question.though When will you care? And if you rallied today… Honestly… Did you know it was Infant Mortality Awareness Month?
Today is the day… determined by some legal decision of another date and time… that we celebrate Mother’s Day. I don’t know the origins of this day and honestly it doesn’t matter to me at this point. But if you want details about the history and origins of Mother’s Day… check out www.mothersdaycentral.com
In general, I feel about Mothers Day the same way I feel about other holidays… Often started with good intentions today they are so commercialized the real meaning is lost in the material bullshit. Now I’m not saying I’m all bah humbug but I will admit my favorite holiday character is the Grinch LOL but I digress….
The bottom line is I believe people, love, faith, relationships and yes MOTHERS should be celebrated everyday not just once a year. There was a time when I refused to celebrate mother’s day under the premise that I love my mother 365 days a year and a Hallmark card wasnt needed to make it so. I think that time period kinda hurt my mothers feelings :-/
Today I gave my mother a card. It was a basic card with an appropriate message and then of course I included my own little personal note. I gave her this card and previous cards, not because I started believing mothers day really mattered but rather to remind myself how much SHE really mattered to me.
As I continue to watch my mother deal with the side affects of multiple myeloma, and its varying treatments, I am constantly reminded how precious each day is. I am amazed at my mother’s strength and at her continued commitment to excellence in life. My mother is a STRONG woman. IMO… ALL mothers are strong. Even the ones society may deem weak or the ones considered “bad.” Becoming a mother is a miracle and Mothering is no easy task. Yes… ALL mothers are strong.
In my line of work, you really have a chance to get up close and personal with the strength of women. The strength of mothers. In this work, you really understand the reality that everyday is indeed a great day to Birth Something Beautiful™. And as a result everyday is Mothers Day.
Today I salute my mother and the strong mothers everywhere. Without you my passion would be nonexistent. Thank you for all that you are and all that you do. I pray that when I am blessed to become a mother I will be at least half as strong.
There are often things that cross my mind throughout my day that I want to share on this blog. I make a mental note and often a real pen to paper note about it and for a multitude of reasons the blog is never written and the information never shared. I decided today that I would try to blog from my phone ap. This is my first attempt. This post is not full of any particular words of wisdom. In fact its only a test… Yes this is a test… Not of the emergency broadcast system but of my ability to continue to lean new technology. This might be fun… This will definitely teach me to be efficient with my words… Which may help as I move to write this book… It will also require more tolerance of typos… Whatever may come of it…. I can say today… This slide out keyboard may come in handy afterall. #GiveThanks
Well who knew??? This week, May 8 – May 14th is National Women’s Health Week:
From the Office of the POTUS:
From the US Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health:
National Women’s Health Week is a weeklong health observance coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. It brings together communities, businesses, government, health organizations, and other groups in an effort to promote women’s health. The theme for 2011 is “It’s Your Time.” National Women’s Health Week empowers women to make their health a top priority.
I love the theme “It’s YOUR Time.”
While pregnancy and birth are my passions, the reality is it every aspect of women’s health, how its dealt with, how we are educated about it and what we do with that education directly affects pregnancy outcomes. Even information/research/education on something far from pregnancy i.e. menopause can affect pregnancy because you see… the culture and the attitude around women’s health, as well as the awareness of and education about women health issues are all intertwined and this includes pregnancy.
I encourage you to use this week to gain more knowledge/information about a topic specific to women’s health and of course use it as a time to make YOUR health a top priority. Are you do for a physical, (ummmm kinda talking to myself here), a papsmear, a colonoscopy, or a mammogram “It’s Your Time.” Have you been meaning to stop smoking, start working out or cut back on fast food? ”It’s Your Time.” What can you do THIS week to Make YOUR health a top priority?
ME??? My action step is to make two personal health appointments I have been putting off. (maybe 3… if you follow my tweets you may have noticed me complaining about my eyesight LOL) This is my time and This is YOUR time. Take the time to take care of your health… cause if you are not healthy it makes it much more difficult to birth something beautiful!!
So do tell…. What’s going to be your action step this week??