Monday, August 24, 2009

RED TENT Spark Movement

Childbirth in the U.S. is NOT “Mother and Baby Friendly”BOLD Red Tents Spark Movement to Make Childbirth “Women-Centered”
August 21, 2009
What: The concept is simple: Gather women under a “RED TENT” to listen to birth stories from our community.“We are calling all mothers and mothers-to-be to join us to share all your birth stories; from the empowering that are to be celebrated, to the challenging births that need to be healed by mothers telling their stories.” Birth Resource Network (aka San Diego Birth Network). is hosting a special BOLD Red Tent gathering as part of a global BOLD movement using the Arts to inspire a mother-centered birthing culture. Donations will support San Diego Birth Network- a network of providers promoting Mother- and Baby-Friendly Care in San Diego.

When: 2- 6p.m., Sunday, September 13th, 2009
Where: Kate Sessions Park in Pacific Beach/La Jolla area
WHY: Playwright Karen Brody (author of BOLD “ Birth On Labor Day”) wanted:
  • To find a way to honor mothers’ birth experiences
  • Get communities talking about their local birthing issues
  • Raise money for organizations and small groups who are working to make maternity care mother-friendly.
  • The cesarean rate in the United States is over thirty percent
    Women in developing countries are without properly trained birth attendants and needed birth supplies

Says Brody, “As a writer I wondered, why are we not telling these stories? And as an activist I wondered how can we tell these stories in a way that will make a difference, that will shift the model of maternity care to the mother’s needs?”

Who: Facilitator: Linda Goldsmith, Doula and President of San Diego Birth Network, homebirth midwives, childbirth educators, lactation consultants, and doulas from San Diego Birth Network.

Guests will include: Women, pregnant and not pregnant, from all over San Diego County, including doulas, holistic healing facilitators, midwives, childbirth educators, prenatal yoga teachers, lactation consultants, and women who have had both positive and negative birth experiences. BOLD uses the Arts to inspire communities around the world to create a new women-centered global culture around birth through education, truth and action.. For more information, visit:

Press Contact:

Linda Goldsmith (760) 815-3852

Liza (760) 716-6386

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