Today is International Women’s Day. I love International Women’s Day and I think it is of utmost importance.
I’ve heard people question why we need a day to acknowledge women and why there isn’t the same for men. If you are a women and asking this question, then you have probably been one of the lucky ones who has known fairness and equality in your life. And thankfully, more and more women, at least in our small corner of the world, will live their lives without experiencing oppression. I am grateful that my little girl is growing up in a world where she will, for the most part, have the same opportunities as her brother. She will have access to education. She will be able to choose a career that she loves. She will choose if and who and when she marries. She will have choices of sports and activities she wants to pursue. She will have opportunities that some girls around the world will only dare to dream of.
I wish that women all across this globe were treated with equality, fairness, respect, and dignity, but sadly, that is not reality for many women. And so, today, we take some time to acknowledge the struggles that women have faced throughout history and continue to face, simply because they are women. Today we acknowledge that this world is not always fair and that women, all too often, face oppression and injustice, because they are women. Today we take time to acknowledge that women don’t always have the same opportunities that men do, and that, in many parts of the world, little girls have access to much less than their male peers. Today we acknowledge that these things are true, but that they are wrong. We look today at where we are as women, and where we want to be. We commit to standing up for other women and we insist that we be treated with respect. We look for ways to do our part to make positive changes for the next generation of women.
I think that International Women’s Day is also a fabulous time for women to honour our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, and friends. A time to thank the women who have been instrumental in shaping our lives, the women who have mentored us and have poured into us. As women, we need other women. The friendships of women are incredibly special and today is a great day to recognize the women in our lives who encourage us, support us, and help to build us up.
As a doula, my role is to be with women during the most important and transformative moments of their lives. To encourage. To support. To walk with her. I think maybe this makes the significance of International Women’s Day feel even weightier. I am deeply passionate about not only making sure that women feel supported and loved during their birth experience, but also about making sure that they feel empowered to make their own choices and let their voices be heard.
I really believe that birth is a time when women need the support of other women. And so, to celebrate International Women’s Day, I want to help bless one lucky local mama by offering her 40% off doula services. If you are pregnant and are interested in the idea of having a doula, a woman who will walk with you on your journey of bringing your baby into the world, enter the draw by completing the contact form below. The forms go directly to my email... no need to share this blog post or leave comments (although I would be grateful if you did!), so even if you’ve not widely announced your pregnancy, you can still feel free to enter. Next Thursday I will randomly pick a number and draw a name. I will contact the winner directly, again, to ensure your privacy in case you don’t want the internet knowing you’re pregnant :) Any expectant local mama (Burns Lake and area… I am willing to attend births in Smithers, Vanderhoof, or Prince George) who does not already have a signed doula contract in place can enter. It doesn’t matter how far or how soon your due date is. I also want to note that entering the draw, or even winning, does not obligate you to using my services… it simply gives you the opportunity to access my services as a discounted rate.
Happy International Women’s Day to all of the strong, beautiful, and brave women who make this world a better place!