The legal persecution of Agnes Gereb for offering women reproductive choice is a travesty of justice. Hungary should be ashamed.
A sweet testimonial
So this happened. Needed some love, it's so great: "🙋🏻 I have a comment lol. So last month I got to take a Rebozo training with GeGena Kirbynd while I haven't h...ad the chance to put any of my newfound knowledge into practice yet (student nurses can't just take time off for births in the middle of the semester... something about having enough hours to sit for boards?! 🤔 lol) I have to say if you want to use a Rebozo, take a class. Specifically, take one with Gena. I'm not kidding when I say that I cried the whole 3 hour trip home alone in the car. It. Was. Amazing. I had previously understood the mechanics of how to use a Rebozo, but there's just so much more to it, and when it's combined with the storytelling of its history, it's really just that much more special. As Gena says about other incredible women, sell everything you own if you have to so you can attend one of her workshops. You seriously won't regret it. If you can't make it to the 3 she has left this year or you just can't wait until 2018 to train with her, I implore you to find a trainer who truly understands the history and importance the Rebozo has to Mexican culture. We owe it to them to honor their heritage by not treating it like just a piece of cloth. I've been told by my instructors that I'm not allowed to bring my own to the hospital for my maternity rotation for liability reasons, but I have a feeling it'll at least be brought along so I can show it and explain it, and then I'll use a sheet (although I'll hate it the whole time). It is a great addition to a doula practice, and I hope to use it often as a midwife in several thousand years when I graduate 😫"
“A woman has to live her life, or live to repent not having lived it.” ― D.H. Lawrence
Art: Las Comadres by Evangelina Portillo. http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/evangelina-portillo.html
An important part of the tradition of Dia de Muertos is the manner in which we invite the spirit of our relatives to come and visit us. It is customary to form ...a path from the other worlds to this one, by scattering the petals of the beautiful zempoaxochitl, the marigold flower, from the cemetery or the street to the altar inside our home.
The zempoaxochitl symbolizes the rays of the Sun and the impermanence of life. With its multi-dimensional light it forms a road that guides our ancestors and loved ones back to us, to visit and once again enjoy their favorite foods such as mole, tamales, pan dulce, cerveza, even cigarettes. They "eat" the ofrendas we've prepared for them by inhaling the aromas of the food and the drinks. Some families eat the ofrendas that are fresh and safe to eat on November 3rd; others will place them outside as an offering for our animal relations.
Prayer for our beloveds: “May the light of our prayers, our candles, our ofrendas, and the zempoaxochitl bring you safely to our homes to enjoy your visit and may it return you safely and joyfully to your place in the highest heaven.”
Photograph sourced online.
One of the best things I have already witnessed from the Rebozo Training is all of the new fb friendships that are popping up These are all great women whom ...I have known separately for quite sometime all coming together...it makes may heart swell with happiness! Thank you so much Gena Kirby and Joe Valley for putting on an amazing training! I have already decided that after I use this rebozo for my labor and pushing...i will be wearing baby in it shortly afterwards! Couldn't be more excited!!!