The Tarrant County Birth Network hosted the Southwest Birth Roundup with several amazing speakers, including the Sears and my friend, Jill Arnold. Y'all know her as The Unnecessarean or Cesareanrates.com. I just wanted to tell you about my weekend. Enjoy the pictures. :-)
We picked up the Sears at the airport on Friday afternoon. You might remember me commenting on my experience chauffeuring Ina May around when she was here. I'm a really good driver, really. But it is so nerve racking to drive someone around, thinking "I could go down in history as the one who killed fill-in-the-blank in a car accident." Fortunately, we had an uneventful car ride to the Stockyards Hotel and got them settled in.
Birth Boot Camp curriculum. She shared many things about growing up and their early years of marriage. She was super down-to-earth and lovely. It affirmed that she has been a good choice as a role model!
Mama Birth - hiding her face!), my friend Alisa, and Jill's two kids. As fun as it is to "talk shop" hair is a really fun topic with Jill. I totally have hair envy so I wore my hair straight for the event - at least until the last day - but we'll get to that later. It was great to see her and get to hear her speak. The work she is doing is truly making a difference and is being recognized on a national level.
Saturday evening Dr. Sears spoke and shared tons of new information from his new book The Healthy Pregnancy Book. It was fantastic! I wish I had had all that info when I was pregnant! In fact, we've added the book to our required reading for our 2015 Birth Boot Camp Instructors trainees.
The Birth Network Chapter Leaders (past and present) went to dinner with some of the speakers from the weekend, including Dr. Bill and Martha. We had an intimate, delicious dinner, including goat cheese ice cream -- ask Mama Birth about that one! -- and really had a great time.
I told them that I always refer to Dr. Sears as my "Tim McGraw of the birth world" and Martha found that quite hilarious. I told him I'd buy him a hat and we'd take a "Tim eyes" picture the next morning. Yes, he's holding my first edition copy of The Baby Book.
Sunday morning, Sarah Clark led a discussion with Martha about Attachment Parenting. It was so wonderful to hear from her. It was validating for many of us that this lifestyle can be challenging. She shared many things about raising her children -- even mistakes made -- that was refreshing and real.
Dr. Sears was hoping to take a picture on the longhorn out in the Stockyards but it wasn't out by the time we had to leave for the airport. We got a picture with a horse instead.
Honestly, they were the most down-to-earth lovely people. It was evident that their religion is important to them and governs the way they live their lives. They were thoughtful and thankful people and spending this time with them over the weekend was truly a dream come true.
And fun we had! Till next time!