Valentine’s Day is almost here and I’d like to celebrate it by celebrating moms. It is a joy for me to be working with Mother’s, Babies, N’at and also with Shining Light Prenatal Education. Around the world and through the artistic ages, mothers have been celebrated in art. I’d like to share a few of them here. Sometimes, especially at a 3:00 AM feeding, mothering can be very lonely. And then too it seems like mothering is a skill and a craft our culture takes for granted and doesn’t value highly. Remember, mothers, you are valued! I hope this art will serve as a Valentine to remind you just how important you are, to your children and to us all.
This is a close-up of a Nereid from the fountain of Neptune in Bologna.
“A Mother’s Duty” by Pieter de Hooch (1629–after 1684) – Show’s a mother delousing her daughter’s hair.
Fritz Zuber-Buhler’s Maternity.
Renoir’s “Mother and Child” 1882.
Fountain of the Mothers in Macedonia.
Those of us living in Pittsburgh take Groundhog Day seriously. Well, somewhat seriously, I mean, Punxutawney is close to Pittsburgh, so we’ve got to care. So Punxutawney Phil has seen his shadow and predicted that we will have six more weeks of winter. That puts the beginning of spring at March 20th or thereabouts, which is also known at the Vernal Equinox. This March 20th, we will have a special event, a total eclipse of the sun (not visible in Pittsburgh). What does all this mean for pregnant and breastfeeding moms? Remember to look and see the natural beauty around you. Make the season part of your precious memories. To see an eclipse this year in Pittsburgh, go here.
Ellen Huffmyer and I are the newly appointed co-coordinators of “Heart & Hands” Doula Service. We are very excited and happy about this new promotion. We hope to do more to help new mothers with births and breastfeeding and other doula support. We are starting a Beechview Breastfeeding Cafe and a special interest mothering group.
Save the Date! March 24th, 2012 the 12th Annual Family Centered Maternity Care Conference will be at the Doubletree Hotel in Monroeville. Featuring renowned homebirth midwife, Tonya Brooks of The Natural Birth and Women’s Center in southern California. She has caught over 5000 babies, and has devoted her career to making homebirth a safe option for mothers and babies, as well as researching risks and benefits of modern obstetric practice. It should be an amazing, and informative conference.
Each child is a blessing and each belly is beautiful. That is the way doulas feel about it. Each belly will give way to a birth story. The pregnant belly is a temporary beauty. It is our baby’s first nest. We get to feel the stirring of our child’s kicks and prods. We get to feel fertile and voluptuous. It feels like spring-time. Pictures can take us back to that memory. A baby nursing can remind you why the journey was so important.