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Joyous Kwanzaa, Joyous Birth. CREATIVITY

My creative energy is flowing with excitement about today’s principle. I can’t believe it’s already the sixth day of Kwanzaa. The days have been passing swiftly. On the second to last day of Kwanzaa we celebrate KUUMBA. CREATIVITY ~ To do as much as we can, in whatever way we can, to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than it was when we inherited it. I am always so inspired by the creative forces that exude from the birth community. Just go on Pinterest and search, Birth, Blessingway, Birth Photography, Birth Positions, Birth Art…or anything birth related really, and you’ll see so many creative ways in which we are celebrating the birth community. Recently I encapsulated a client’s placenta and before I got started I made some prints of the beautiful organ. I just couldn’t stop staring at the beautiful prints! It was like, somehow I had captured the very spirit of her, the placenta, our first mother. To me that is what creative energy does, it embodies the spirit of an idea, movement, or the physical and impacts society at some level. One of the most exciting ways we have embraced our creative outlets in the birth community is film. There have been dozens of natural childbirth promoting documentaries released in the last decade. What an amazing way to bring this community center stage. There is also Birth a play by Karen Brody. In 2010 I produced, directed and performed in this play, and I was really excited and proud when Karen asked me if her organization BOLD could use a photograph from the Fernie production as the front cover of the second edition of the play! Writers are by far my favourite artists, and within the birth community there are so many marvelous pieces of literature that creatively educate women about birth. What are some of your favourite films, and literature that inspire a creative birth community?, leave a comment below to share your ideas. I like thinking about the part of the principle that says “to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than it was when we inherited it” the idea that this birth community has been passed on to us and that we are responsible to pass it to our daughters makes me happy. It inspires me to think of creative ways to keep birth sacred, to make sure the women of the future know that birth is beautiful and that we intend to keep it that way.
Blessings to you and yours this New Years Eve…