A beautiful night for a book launch party!
If we're lucky there's a time in our lives when the injustices become as clear as water in a glass cup. We may have to suffer before we can see through the glass to the other side. When we heal from our suffering and can see the truth, the picture is as sharp as a digital photo on a hot day. Now we have the opportunity to make those injustices right and move society to a better place.
There are injustices in the birth room, I experienced some of those. I suffered, and I saw them as not only my own but as a societal problem. Now I have the opportunity to make things better.
Today is the day my book is released! My story is not solely mine but yours. You will find bits of your own struggles and triumphs while reading mine. My wish is that all women, even those not planning to have any more children or at all, will find their way to my book and see how even the most basic right to control our body while pregnant and giving birth can be impacted by laws, culture, and external pressures. My wish for all women is that we support each other’s wishes even if they are not our own and that we stick to what we believe in and trust that we will find our way there. Thank you for purchasing my book and it is always helpful to authors if you wouldn’t mind leaving a review on Amazon. Here is the link: http://amzn.to/2poiLhl Warmly, Thais
Watch the official book trailer for Second Chance.
A VBAC birth story. This is the first time I have shared my birth experience.
On May 31, 2016 I signed a book contract with She Writes Press for my memoir Second Chance. The release date is May 2017. Time to celebrate!
Podcast with Brigid Maher of the film Mama Sherpas
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Podcast with Nicette Jukelevics of Vbac.com
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I’m so grateful to BabyCenter for taking on this huge and extremely sensitive subject of cesarean. If you’re interested in supporting me somehow, please comment at the bottom of the article and/or share it from one of their social media links at the top of the article. Muchas Gracias! This has been a long time coming for me, so I’m thrilled to have it out in the world today! Happy Cesarean Awareness Month!
My essay is the featured piece on
Wild Violet Online Literary Magazine
. No, I don't have a third child. Just remembering back when...Read it, pass it on, thanks for your support!!!
So excited to have filmmaker Toni Harman coming to the International Cesarean Awareness Network’s (ICAN) Speaker Series. The date is set for November 21, 2013 @ 11am PST and 7pm UK Standard Time where Toni lives. To register, please email speakerhost (at) ican-online (dot) org (that’s me!). This speaker series is a membership benefit for ICAN members. Please join ICAN to attend this FREE event and support a “moms helping moms” organization all year long!
I'm so excited to have a writing piece of mine published with Literary Mama this morning. Would love your support with my writing passion. Please read and share!
What do you do when your family is hurt by what you’ve written? Thais Derich shares her experience in this guest post.
Today is my big interview with Ina May Gaskin. My intension is to stay present and centered and to provide her with a safe place filled with love and kindness so that she feels comfortable to share honestly with moms who have had a previous cesarean.
On May 14, 2013, Thais Derich from the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) speaks with Sara Lamm about her recently released film Birth Story. The interview took place online with voice and video for ICAN members.
So excited! Literary Mama, Winner of Writers Digest’s 101 Best Websites for Writers, has accepted a writing piece of mine. It will be published July 22. Great website for moms out there and even better for those moms who write! Thank you Elizabeth Stark for helping me get it to publishing quality, thank you to my family for putting up with me writing about them, and thank you to Karna Converse, Literary Mama Blog Editor, for publishing my piece.
Dawn Thompson, Cristen Pascucci, and Rebecca Dekker analyse the results from the Listening to Mother's Survey III. Information from Improving Birth....
The International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) is excited to announce the kickoff of its Speaker Series. Please join me as I interview Sara Lamm, Director (with Mary Wigmore) and co-producer of Birth Story on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.
I couldn’t remember if food was provided, so I packed an almond butter sandwich just in case. And then, I headed out on the curvy, redwood trimmed road up to Joyce’s house. I parked where she recommended since there'd be a fire drill on her street that day. The dirt lot was many houses down the hill from her house. I saw cars pull up and stop around the same time. It was early Saturday morning so I presumed that they had come for the same workshop. But instead of waiting, asking to be sure, and awkwardly striking up sleepy conversation, I walked alone up the shaded road.
Make some noise before cesareans are the norm and VBACs disappear altogether.
Want to take action ? Link to this article on your blog or Facebook page.
Find out if any of your local hospitals has a VBAC ban and if it does, push it to reverse its ban. Pressure your doctor or midwife to speak up for VBAC and for lowering the primary cesarean rate. Click on this link for ways to start making your views known to your elected officials. Or get involved with your local ICAN chapter or other birth advocacy group.
It’s Cesarean Awareness Month. Check out this interview with ICAN’s president:
Something about going to Berkeley made this really fun and comfortable. it wasn't at all odd to read from our books at the bustling Saturn Cafe in Berkeley. Another wonderful event put on by Elizabeth Stark and Angie Powers founders of the Book Writing World.