Vancouver Birth Lounge

I have been talking about Crafting my Life pretty much non-stop around here. I’m working hard to set the example that self-promotion is OK, because it is. I’m borrowing inspiration from Danielle LaPorte’s fabulous “radiate and state the facts” philosophy. But, that’s not all I’m working on.

I still have a book dream! If you haven’t heard about this, or you’ve forgotten, my big book idea involves collecting stories from first-time parents who welcomed their baby while living in Canada. I’m looking for pregnancy stories, birth stories, adoption stories, breastfeeding (or not breastfeeding) stories and stories about adjusting to life with a newborn. I’m collecting these stories because I believe that stories are important, and because I believe that there are very few books or resources that speak to the Canadian experience.

Putting on my aspiring birthy-baby-author hat, I want to tell you about a local Vancouver event that’s sort of up my alley. It’s BirthFest 2011, presented by the fabulous Birth Lounge collective. The collective got together out of their desire to create a community of care for expectant and new families. There are midwives, childbirth educators, a mama-run cloth diaper shop, mom and baby fitness instructors and more. All the kinds of people who make my hippie mama soul sing.

Their website says:

We’ve all heard that “it takes a village to raise a child,” but how many of us know what our village really has to offer? Local families are invited to discover their village with the wonderful support offered by members of Vancouver’s Birth Lounge.

See? My people, creating a village.

I’ll be dropping by this free community festival, and if you’re local, you might want to check it out, too. Here are the details:

When: Saturday, February 26, 2011 from 11am – 4pm
Where: Britannia Community Centre, Gym D
What: Shopping and services from over 50 vendors and organizations

To community, and babies!

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  1. I’ll be there! And i am working on my story to email you back:)
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  2. well I didn’t have my baby in canada but I have a canadian baby 🙂
    (my husband is canadian)

    Love that you are doing this book idea and have fun at the event!
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  3. I hope you’re able to meet some prospective story contributors there!
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  4. I’m going to be there! I hope to see you there.
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  5. Sounds like the perfect event for you!
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  6. Danielle LaPorte is so quotable. Agree with the radiate and state. I’m trying to drum up a freelancing career at the moment. It’s going well and I think the key right now is that I am completely unafraid of rejection. When I get a “no thank you” email it just gets me excited to write another query letter.
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  7. Looking forward to it! I’ll keep my eye out for you. It would be great to meet you in person!

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