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I have said it before, and I'll say it again: I am so blessed to live in Ft. Worth with so many midwives and birth centers in operation -- where the birth community is strong, united, and well represented. I am proud to be associated with the Tarrant County Birth Network, where I believe we've had an influence in bringing the birth community together. We are also grateful to have a wonderful group of CNMs in Fort Worth, the UNT Midwives. The hospital donated $2000 to TCBN to help cover our facility fee at the Norris Center. Every city in America should have a group of midwives like this in their hospital!
|UNT Midwives & Ina May Gaskin|
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airport early afternoon on Friday, and I must admit that it was very stressful driving her from the airport to the B&B in downtown Ft. Worth. I was seriously concerned about getting into a car accident and going down in history as the person that killed Ina May. It reminded me of when I had my first baby and was scared some crazy driver would hit me and my precious baby.
bed and breakfast called Etta's Place. Remarkably, all of our events were within the same city block. Friday night for dinner, our VIP sponsors met for dinner with Ina May at Reata. Our name tags rocked! They were made into lanyards with twine. We could not have hosted Ina May to Fort Worth (and treated her so well) without our sponsors. It was a fun night with delicious food and wonderful people!
salmon with the crab meat cream sauce! One of the CNM's at her table almost got into it with her that she had ordered the wrong thing!
|Sarah Brock, acupuncturist, gets her book signed.|
vendor time for 3 hours, and then nearly 500 people gathered to hear Ina May speak at 3:30. She talked about a number of topics, including a slide show of a breech birth. She discussed how she became interested in midwifery and current projects she is working on. Between events (we kept her busy!) she was working on a blog post for the Huffington Post.
|The quilt representing the maternal mortality crisis|
She also brought the famous quilt, each square representing a woman who died in childbirth, whose story might not otherwise be told. She shared some of those stories.
She spoke specifically to dads -- we had a few in the audience -- about how they can protect the sacred birthing space of their partner.
Another highlight was Ina May showing us how to do a proper squat. Don't worry -- the fabulous Ceci-Jane is making a video of the weekend and it will be included! Stay tuned!
Here's where things get fun: The TCBN Chapter Leaders -- past, present, and future -- took Ina May to an all-vegan restaurant, Spiral Diner, and had a lovely meal. We had gotten to know each other a bit over the weekend and things were more casual. We all had a good time. Ina May is very funny, says it like it is, rolls with the punches, and really is a delightful person.
|TCBN Chapter Leaders - past and present|
After dinner, we were driving her back to her B&B, and we came back to Tim McGraw. (He had been brought up earlier when I told her she needed to work the "stage" like Tim, back and forth.) She admitted to knowing his name, but couldn't tell me anything he sings. I asked if she wanted to hear some Tim. Of course she said YES -- who wouldn't? -- and all I had to do was turn up the volume. So, yes, I rocked out to some Tim McGraw with Ina May in my Sequoia this weekend! She said she could totally appreciate my groupiness, as long as I respected his family space (like a doula!). I assured her that I do. And she said that anytime she hears of Tim McGraw from here on out, she'll think of me. Nice.
This morning we took her back to the airport and had another casual, candid conversation. Frankly, we have a policy that "what happens in the Sequoia stays in the Sequoia." I'll leave you with the last picture I took with Ina May before we put her on the plane back to TN. Thanks for rejuvenating our birth community Ina May! It was an absolute pleasure!
|Donna Ryan & Ina May Gaskin, 2012|