Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Cookie Day!

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I'm going to try to get to Jefferson City on February 10 for Cookie Day. I've gotten the fliers, and seen the pictures of previous cookie days, but I think this is the first time I have a realistic chance of going.

What is cookie day, you ask? It's an event sponsored by Friends of Missouri Midwives. A day when supporters of midwifery and home birth get together at the state capitol to share cookies with our state senators and representatives, share the word about the benefits of having midwives legally free to practice in our state, and an opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals.

I figure that since I like to bake cookies, and I've apparently become a little bit of a political activist (perhaps to the irritation of my friends and family), I can go and spend some time sharing my baking talents and words.

Oh, AND! Jennifer Block, the author of Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care will be the guest speaker for the event. I just finished this book, and I think it is a fantastic read. It's not a book about homebirth, although homebirth is discussed. It's a book about the realities of the maternity care system that most Americans experience. Although I didn't receive the worst of the typical American hospital experience, I can certainly attest to many things in the book that captured my experience in during my first childbirth. So, needless to say, I'm enthused about the prospect of hearing Jennifer Block speak in person.

So, if you're interested in taking a trip to Jefferson City, or even just making cookies to send down to the Capitol, let me know! I think it'll be fun!


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