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A Soulful Mama Shout Out to the BOLD Movement

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Greetings from Toronto!

I’ve just spent the past two week back east visiting my folks & other friends and family that still live out here! What a trip checking out my old stomping grounds & trying not to re-visit unhealthy patterns with family members! (Only one shouting match with my sis!) LOL! All in all it was just AWESOME to be home. I’m getting on a plane tonight back to Beautiful BC.

While I’ve been gone I’ve been working on a really special project in collaboration with BOLD Birth Founder Karen Brody. I met Karen in 2010 when I invited her to attend my production of her play Birth in Fernie. We’ve been BOLD Sisters ever since. When she invited me to work with her at BOLD I jumped on the opportunity and this Labour Day I’m getting BOLD about Birth and celebrating my first project as an official member of the BOLD team! Enter Birth: The Audio Edition.

I produced and directed the first ever audio production of Birth a play by Karen Brody.

The play BIRTH tells the stories of 8 powerful low-risk women giving birth. The play has been produced on every continent, called “The Vagina Monologues for childbirth,” and similar to Eve Ensler’s V-Day, is elevated by the principles of theatre for social change.  Since 2006 BIRTH has raised over one million dollars for organizations and causes that help improve maternity care.

On this Labor day, September 7, BOLD Birth is streaming online an exclusive Premiere Production of the play FREE all day at www.getboldaboutbirth. Our goal is to have one million women listen to the play on that day. BIRTH: The Audio Edition is a unique project for BOLD Birth to take-on, because the script was originally written by Brody, a mother of two, for stage. Only a few adaptations were applied to the script for the new Audio Edition. The production relies on the narration by playwright Karen Brody, with powerful performances of 10 prominent birth & parenting professionals including Barbara Harper, Shafia Monroe, Debra Pascali-Bonaro, Gena Kirby, Henci Goer, Cristen Pascucci, Dawn Thompson, Robin Garrison, Roanna Rosewood & Darren Mattock.

In the spirit of the BOLD Birth Movement, BIRTH: The Audio Edition is also being offered for sale with a percentage of each sale raising money and awareness for organizations that work to improve maternal & newborn wellness. Every cast member got to pick a charity that a portion of the proceeds from the upgrade option will benefit and since I produced the event…I thought I’m gonna choose one too!

I recently applied to become a board member of Shanti Uganda! So in true Not For Profit fashion I’m starting the fundraising efforts! Shanti Uganda is a Canadian NFP based out of Vancouver BC. The Shanti Uganda Society improves infant and maternal health, provides safe women-centered care and supports the well-being of birthing mothers and women living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda.

Wanna join the BOLD movement & help support African Mothers? Sign-up to listen to Birth: The Audio Edition for free on September 7th & consider purchasing your own copy through the my Soulful Mama Link!

Stay Soulful & Stay BOLD!

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