It is now four and a half years since I sent out the first of our Birth Information Update newsletters and, as I love birthdays so much, this seems like a good point to pause, reflect on how far we’ve come and invite you to input into what you’d like to see in there in the future.
Our Birth Information Update came about when I realised that we needed to (re)create independent, midwife-led sources of birth-related research and information. These needed to be midwife-led, thoughtful, positively focused and free of advertising for pharmaceutical drugs, baby milk, technologies, baby products and so on.
Because I was already looking at lots of research and the latest birth-related information as a part of my ‘day job’ (in which I undertake speaking and consultancy and run online courses for midwives, doctors, birth folk and others), I knew that the content wouldn’t be a problem, and I decided that I could donate a day a week of my time to the project. I then looked into the running costs, which were a bit more of an issue, I sewed a load of little fabric hearts (some of which feature in the picture below) which we exchanged for donations towards the project at conferences and workshops.
The first newsletter went out in March 2015 and, four and a half years later, it still goes out every month, now reaching thousands of midwives and birthy people in more than 30 countries around the world. It is now funded by the sale of velvet vaginas and birthkit purses which you can buy at our events, so thank you to everyone who has bought any of those.
We’ve now even got a seasonal Etsy shop so that people can buy my hand made goodies from the other side of the world as well as at our live events! (Many of them are still made on aeroplanes and while I’m waiting for my turn to speak at conferences and events!)
The crowdfunding page is still open if you’d like to just make a direct donation, and another great way of supporting our Birth Information Project is by signing up for one of other online courses, because we give a donation to the project from each online course that we run.
I haven’t lost my passion for independent information, and I’m happier than ever that we began this project. I love that so many people love our newsletter as a way of helping them regularly catch up with my monthly shortlist of the research that is worth knowing about as well as getting a run down of blog posts and our news.
So thank you to those of you who share my passion and who have joined and supported us thus far on our journey.
Thank you to those who work on the technical end of this project … they know who they are.
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