Thais has been on book tour with her new memoir, Second Chance: A Mother’s Quest for a Natural Birth After a Cesarean, speaking to hundreds of people about her birth experience and the current state of birth in the United States. Because of the huge response and tears by unsuspecting book lovers, she is currently bringing her message to a bigger platform and will be on stage at Evoso Live, Boulder in February. She has spoken live about her story on national media including NPR. Her writing has been published online and in print nationally and internationally.
- Author of Second Chance: A Mother’s Quest for a Natural Birth After a Cesarean
Writing Coach to people eager to share their authentic selves on the page.
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KEYNOTE DESCRIPTION - "INVISIBLE CHOICE"
Topic: Invisible Choice
Title: CHOICE: EMPOWERING PEOPLE TO MAKE DECISIONS THEY DON'T EVEN KNOW ARE THERE.
Description: We live in America where we assume that we have a choice but do we really? There’s so many times that we don’t know that we have a choice. I believe that we give away our personal freedom when give away our power to make choices. The best decisions for ourselves are sometimes the options not immediately seen or even known.
To see a choice that may not be immediately obvious, we must learn how to do three things:
Listen and understand not our minds but our bodies
Identify fear and move past it
My own smart planning and research is enough to make choices that concern me
This is when we feel free.
There are choices all around us if we are willing to see them. Thais Derich, advocate for personal freedom, will teach the audience that feeling empowered through making tough and easy choices every day leads to the American Dream, FREEDOM. When choice is limited or non existent or we give away decision making power, we feel robbed of our personal freedom. Sharing her personal life and birth stories, she is a catalyst that helps people see that they are enough, just how they are, and they deserve and must fight for what they want . The hardest choices snowball into one big empowered YOU and the feeling of freedom that has no ethnic or socioeconomic boundaries. I want the unique you to stand tall and shine bright in your own power!
Audience will learn how to:
-How to listen to their intuition
-Believe in themselves and advocate for themselves
-Experience personal freedom and self empowerment through making real choices
-Re-frame their relationship with assumed beliefs and institutions
Thais goes beyond just giving a presentation. She creates an experience. She brings together the elements of intuition, self-empowerment and freedom. Thais brings an energy of activism, believing everyone in the room has a small action to take in their lives that will bring more positive change into the world. She sees it as our job to claim our authority of our choices.
KEYNOTE DESCRIPTION – "THE INTERSECTION BETWEEN SOCIAL JUSTICE AND BIRTH"
Topic: Women’s Empowerment in Childbirth
Title: THE LAST FRONTIER IN WOMEN’S RIGHTS
Description: Thais examines the relationship between her personal experience and our culture's definition of expertise and authority, as it relates to childbirth in today's society.
Discussing women’s rights, informed consent plus her personal story, Thais paints an indisputable picture of the last frontier in women’s rights.
Yet everyday, ordinary people are falling victims to a system that isn’t looking out for their best interests nor making medical decision based on scientific evidence. Even if medical providers have their heart in the right place, we are all part of bigger system that dictates how things are done no matter what. All too often, childbirth is depicted through the rosy lens of the birth’s afterglow: the mother gazing down at her swaddled infant at her breast, woozy and love drunk.
However, as soon as a woman knows that a child is growing in her body, she falls under the power of theories, ideals, archetypes, descriptions of her new existence, almost none of which have come from other women.
It’s up to each individual, each consumer of birth, to advocate for care based on evidence and patient rights not on doctor, hospital and/or culture bias. To do this we must learn the facts and learn what we can each individually do to help ourselves out and in the process change the world.
Audience will learn:
-Thais’s two birth stories
-State of birth in the US
-Brief history of women in medicine
-Feelings are information
-How to listen to your body when it’s talking to you
-That you have choices
We live in America where we assume that we have a choice. But do we really? Even the most self-aware people are victims of unconscious choices. Using the goals of each event, Thais creates an experience with audiences that empowers them to create their own personal freedom. When it comes to choice, we create the future.
"Derich is an important contribution to the current international debate about human rights in childbirth and the critical role of respectful maternity care." - Nicette Jukelevics MA, ICCE, Founder of VBAC.com, Author of the VBAC Education Project
“Thais is an excellent resource for birth professionals -- she provides a unique look into the inner thoughts of a pregnant and laboring person -- thoughts that aren't often shared, and therefore important for professionals when caring for families during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.”
- Cara Terreri, CD (DONA), LCCE
“Thais doesn’t talk just about childbirth, but about control over our own lives and simply, about being human.” – Radio host Suzanne M. Lang, NPR.com
“Derich helps to dispel the stigma of both VBACs and home births while shedding light on what she sees as a broken health care/hospital birth system.” – Abigail Lalonde, Literarymama.com
“Thais tells an unbiased, highly transparent account of her journey through the labyrinth of emotions and experiences that can accompany the post-cesarean birthing woman within the U.S.” – LaQuitha Glass, Former President of the International Cesarean Awareness Network
"Thais's story serves as a mentorship to women seeking their own voice despite the obstacles that block our authentic selves." - Jovelyn Richards, KPFA radio host
"I don't have words. I found myself at times crying, cheering Thais on, and just overall relating to her story. I didn't know how much it mattered to me. In fact I realize I was just trying to forget, trying to keep it buried. Yet I feel empowered by her personal story rather than feeling hopelessly sad. That she found the courage, for ALL of her honesty is incredibly inspiring and impressive." – Lisa Joss, Former Chief Strategy and Communications Officer at The Ms. Representation Project
“I have to tell you how passionate I found your voice. There is such a fire in you. Such honesty and simple truthfulness about what so many of us feel and think. - Erin Mayou, Editor-in-Chief at Birth Issues Magazine