May 8, 2014
One of the best things about working at gDiapers is the privilege of knowing so many mothers. Women connect with us when they are planning for their baby’s arrival, and we get to witness them being born mothers. It’s an incredible transition and it’s one that we believe every mother should be able to make. But the world loses 300,000 mothers during pregnancy and childbirth each year. That means the loss of a mother every two minutes.
There is hope: 90% of maternal deaths can be prevented. The three critical barriers to maternal health are transportation, education and supplies. Every Mother Counts is working now with communities across the globe to take down these barriers and allow women to safely transition into mothers. Removing these barriers isn’t easy work, but the solutions are here, right now. And the impacts are immeasurable.
Continue reading Take 2 for maternal health. Because Every Mother Counts.
February 15, 2014
At gDiapers we’ve always believed that small acts can add up to big change. Over the past four years, the Big Latch On has shown how a grassroots, community-based event can get global fast. A Big Latch On event is simple—a group of women come together at a registered location to ‘latch on’ (breastfeed) their babies at a set time and raise their hands to be counted. Friends are made, fun is had, and every year breastfeeding records are broken. It’s fun and simple, but powerful.
Continue reading Be counted. The Big Latch On needs your support.
August 9, 2013
This is a very personal and emotional story from a mama in our community. She kindly offered to share it here so that others who are presently going through the trials of miscarriage might find solace and support. Thank you, Erin. We’re wrapping you in all the love we can muster.
I did some writing last night, it was so good for my soul, I thought I would share it with you all, my great supporters …
I have been pregnant 7 times. I’m blessed, I have two amazing little boys, a wonderful stepson and an amazing husband, but I also know the pain of loss, I know it really well.
Continue reading Writing to heal. by Erin.
June 17, 2013
Thank you to Dana, a gestational surrogate, and Andy, a dad-to-be seeking a surrogate, for contributing their personal stories.
I am a gestational surrogate. I recently gave birth to another couple’s baby, having gotten pregnant through IVF with a baby not genetically related to me. Being pregnant in this way has given me the opportunity to talk to so many people and have many conversations that I would ordinarily not have. When I was around thirty-eight weeks pregnant I had dropped my eleven year old son and seven year old daughter off at piano lessons and ran to Starbucks for a tall, soy, no classic, green tea Frappuccino. It was happy hour and all Frappuccino’s were half off. By then I was showing so greatly it was not uncommon to get multiple comment each day to the tune of, “you must be ready to pop!”
Continue reading Surrogacy, the view from inside.
January 14, 2013
Thank you to Anni Daulter, author of Sacred Pregnancy the Book + Magazine, for giving the words and the long overdue air time to the most significant transformation that we go through as women.
What is a Sacred Pregnancy and why should I want one?
When I was pregnant with my second child, Lotus, I became obsessed with trying to find women I could connect with that knew about the sacredness of birth and the rite of passage process that every mother goes through, but few mark. My pregnancy craving was for that sisterhood that used to exist back in the day when women lived in tribes and pregnancy wisdom was passed down from mother to mother. Not being able to find what I was truly looking for, I realized something was missing in how we go through our pregnancies in this culture, and that sacred mother sisterhood had been buried, not lost, but buried deep in the past and needed to re-surge for all women. Our bodies create babies, and everyone agrees that is a miraculous wonder, but our spirits create souls and we need to know how to handle the process of creating a “whole” person. I truly believe the way to do this is by connecting to ourselves, the process of growing a baby and other wise women.
Continue reading Sacred Pregnancy with Anni Daulter