From Puerto Rico. It’s been out for a few years, but I love the candid images and film of nursing infants and toddlers. I think you’d be hard put to find a film in the US that gave such a honest look to breastfeeding. Here, we are so worried and anxious about the sexualized breast that nipples and breasts are to be hidden always during breastfeeding and toddlers are clearly too old to receive nourishment from the breast. This short film is as joyful and beautiful as it is refreshing.
I was so thrilled to be able to go to the 3rd annual Iron and Wine MANA Benefit Concert. It was seriously exciting to go to a concert where all the proceeds benefited my own professional organization.
Best part of the night? The local midwife who organizes this annual event introduced Sam Beam, explained about homebirth midwifery and MANA, and then walked off stage. Sam goes on to talk briefly about how midwives have been very important in the story of his family. And then he says a little awkwardly, “I want to let you know you have options.”
Someone from the crowd calls out, “I want YOU to be my midwife!”
To which he replies, “Ummm. That would be weird.” And then launches into his set.
When I’m not obsessively visiting Butches + Babies daily for more glorious pictures of my community posing so handsomely with the babies in their lives, I’m reveling in the beauty of this family as they navigate the joys and challenges of raising a daughter with Down’s Syndrome while living in Laos. And it’s not just because Nava might be about the cutest toddler I’ve ever seen posing in her fashionable orange baby glasses.
I marvel at the deftness with which this family seems to navigate their world and the multiple identities they inhabit. I take so much joy in the fact that they have chosen to share their story with all of us, and in such a visual and visible way. And quite honestly, I simply cannot get enough of Nava’s smile.
Have you heard about this new Tumblr that is nothing but pictures of butches and babies? It will change your life.
On today, the holiday in which we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I give you Jay Smooth reminding us of some other very important things that Dr. King said during his life, beyond his most famous speech.
Bloody Show just got featured in the Top 50 Blogs About Neonatal Care. Apparently, I’m sassy. I’ve decided I’m pleased with this.
I received an award! Pretty spiffy. Bloody Show has officially received a 2010 Top Nursing Blog Award in the Pregnancy and Birth category. Go check it out – there are some other incredible blogs on that list, several that I had never heard of.
By the way, awhile ago this blog was listed as one of the 50 Best Blogs for Midwives! How exciting! Go check it out – there are many excellent blogs listed that are worth your time.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours today! We just got our very first CSA box (ever!) yesterday, which seemed only too appropriate for this time of the year. Lots of potatoes, arugula (although I prefer the UK version of calling it “rocket” because it sounds way more fun), beets, carrots, all sorts of good and delicious things. I hope today you are eating good and delicious things surrounded by wonderful friends and family.