Home Birth Midwives Collective Dunedin

Mother’s Day Celebration

Despite extremely chilly conditions on Mother’s Day, the home birth community came out to support our Home Birth Midwives Collective as we launched our new website.  The Chingford Park Stables was warmed by singing, dancing and stories as women and their families celebrated mother’s day and shared stories of why home birth is important to them.

Cecil's puppet show

Cecil's puppet show

Activities at the launch included a delightful puppet show about giving birth by Cecil, a spiral dance to connect all the mothers and lovely face painting for the kids.

Deb and Ana singing

Deb and Ana singing

We also had some wonderful singing from the St Michael’s  Chorale of Dunedin Rudolf Steiner school, King Leo and  also Deb and her hapu daughter Ana with a great North American Indian chant.

The vessel ceremony was a lovely way to hear from everyone about what’s special

The Vessel

The Vessel

to them about home birth.  We were so honoured to have this special vessel from home birth Aotearoa with us.

The banner

The banner

Hands framing our banner

Hands framing our banner

During the day we asked everyone to help us with the painting of a banner proclaiming “Peace On Earth Begins At Birth”.  We framed the banner with handprints from the people there.  We’re planning to join the Christmas Parade this year and use the banner on our float.  This slogan is also on our new bumper sticker which you may start to see around town.  If you’d like one for your car – email us.

It was great to have the Otago Daily Times there and to see a great photo and a wee blurb on page 2 the next day.  They only got a few minor details muddled and it was fabulous to see the following sentence in prominent media

pool

We know there were many more who would  have joined us had the weather not been quite so abysmal so perhaps we’ll have another celebration for home birth week in October.

Overall we were really pleased with how the day went.  We’d love your comments too.

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