Tuesday, September 25, 2007

birth benefit events THIS WEEKEND (and a contest)

This Saturday (September 29) at the Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor: benefit screening of Ricki Lake's documentary "The Business of Being Born." Ricki won't be there, but some great local midwives, doulas and doctors will be, for a talk-back session after the screening. Proceeds benefit BirthNetwork.

Our neighbor town south of the border, Toledo, recently screened the film, too. Here's what Ricki had to say in their paper.

On Sunday, mere hours after the movie screening, I am running for charity in the Big House Big Heart 5K. It's a fun race idea. As usual, the entrance fee goes to a cause -- this time ALS research and the new U-M Mott Children's Hospital.

BUT runners and walkers are also encouraged to organize a team and independently solicit donations for their own charity. So I'm running as part of the
Center for the Childbearing Year's team.

What's that? You want to support doulicia's fundraising efforts? You want to make a tax-deductible donation to the Center because of all the good* it does for pregnant women and new families in Southeast Michigan? Bless you! Here's how:


  • Either here or via the "Donate" section of the Center's website, use PayPal to make a secure, on-line donation directly to the Center. Then e-mail me (doulicia at gmail dot com) to let me know that you donated.
  • More slowly, you can mail a check payable to the Center for the Childbearing Year to the Center at 722 Brooks St., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Again, e-mail me to let me know that you donated.
To make it exciting, I'll randomly draw a name from among donors and send you your choice from among Style Your Own Kids Knits (for the knitters in the crowd), Pushed (for the birth enthusiasts), or Pastoralia (for anyone else).

I need notice of your donation by this Friday, September 28 to include you in the drawing.


*among the Center's services: free doulas for low-income women in a five-county area; birth and postpartum doula training classes including scholarships for low-income women; expectant parent classes on childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care; continuing education lectures for professionals who work with pregnant women; a lending library for parents and doulas. All this with a woeful budget of less than $225,000!

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Blogger Bebu said...

I wish I could go...but I am walking the 3 Day Walk against breast Cancer this week end...

Have fun!

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