EmerGently! - Normalizing birth for Global Peoples
I have three new passions and this is one of them. I have worked with Diana Paul (creator of the word EmerGently!) and Marina of Russia (graphics artist for the images) and Godwin of Zimbabwe (layout). The brochure is a free download for all the world. Donations for this project can be made at lovedelivers.org and proceeds go to the Global Midwifery Council in helping normalize simple and sacred birth around the world. Spread it far and wide and use on your websites and share with your families. My vision for the icon is that it become an international viewpoint in airports, hospitals, shelters, foot ball stadiums, etc. (like a toilet, running figure or bottle) where pregnant wimyn or laboring/birthing wimyn would know they have a safe space to be. A version will be done soon that can be lamina <br>ted and can be shrank or enlarged for instructional purposes. These can go in fire stations, police quarters, hostels, shelters, hospitals, etc. for enduring and easy access. India has requested this first as conditions are inadequate for delicate brochure stands. Of course, as you know, that is my original intention. But the brochures will be useful as well for conferences, offices, fund raising, etc. It is a gift out to the world. May Creator use this to take the fear from birth and return joy and mystery to the beginning of life. ~ Sister to Sister
This pamphlet was designed by the Global Midwifery Council to address the crisis in childbirth worldwide. Simple graphics depict the most essential guidelines for a normal, healthy birth. Communicating directly without even the need for language, it is designed to assist safe birth in the deepest reaches of the planet.
The brochure heralds the restoration of birth as a normal process of a woman’s body rather than an illness, and of society as a protector of mothers and babies at birth. Every woman, man and youth should know these simple ways to help a birthing woman, emergency or not.
This training is for all citizens, not just birth keepers. BDBS prepares us to be the calm and knowledgeable support for a birthing mother when circumstances prevent her from reaching her planned site of birth. Did you know that simple actions like privacy, warmth, dim lighting and keeping baby in mother's arms with cord attached can save lives? If you or your group of colleagues or friends are interested in this training or Physiological Resuscitation of the Newborn or the EmerGently birth guide, please feel welcomed to contact sister morningstar with questions or to schedule a training.
Mumbai India and Human Rights in Childbirth International Conference
BDBS and Newborn First Breaths Training, Phoenix and Sedona Arizona
Midwifery Today Conference, Eugene, Oregon
Russia followed by Norway
The Spiritual Pilgrimage to the Holy Mother, La Virgin de San Juan de Los Lagos, is hundreds of years old. Some say the pilgrimage pre-dates colonization. Beginning from the little village of Atotonilco, we walked 9 days over mountains and crossing streams along side children, elders, babies in rebozo, toddlers on shoulders and the devoted carrying crosses, banners and icons all the while chanting and singing. We began walking in the early morning hours before dawn; fireworks announcing the movement of the pilgrims. We left with a group of about 8,000 and arrived with nearly two million. Here is a glimpse of the journey in 2016. May the great love that carried us within this sea of humanity bring a miracle to you who behold these 100,000 images.
Germany and Norway 2015
One World - One Family
In Raising Divine Children, I invited folks to send me photos of their children creating cairns (sacred stone altars) as a way to show global solidarity and send a world wide message that children and nature belong together. The following global children are saying, "YES WE DID!" as they travel the world leaving their hand print on the belly of Mother Earth. We have been told for many centuries that a little child will lead us. May it be so. May it be so.
mountain/sea shore of cairns on Maui, HA, USA
great cairn of StoneHenge, England, UK
MorningStar and Cairns on the Pacific seashore of San Diego, CA 2007
Children Into Nature - WE DID IT!
Grayson Conner Toohey, age 7, MO USA
Sophie Ljubljana Schwartz, 17 months
MorningStar, The Holyland, USA
Rebecca Pryor, MO USA
From California to Missouri, USA
Welcome to MorningStar Community's comida 2 Cookbook! comida 2 is more than an expanded vegetarian cookbook, it is a glimpse into our way of living. As well as unique, nourishing and inspiring recipes, it contains wellness education and ideas for creating your own medicine bag. Enjoy having this heirloom in your kitchen and passing it on to the next generation....and the next! 214 pages.
MorningStar book: The Power of Women - Instinctual Birth Stories
- available Now!
From Alexandra Feroah of San Diego, California….
"I feel like this book is feeding my soul…Thank you, thank you, thank you! I've felt a powerful
force awaken within me;
a pervasive sense of purpose and courage that's driving me to understand what undisturbed birth really is
and to fight for it. Thank You! As one of the newest/youngest birth
workers in San Diego, I promise to protect birth and to help foster a
strong sisterhood of women who are committed to doing the same. I am
See the video interview with Sister Morningstar, visit here.
Its a Midwest Book Reviewers choice for December '09. Click here to read ( click on link, then search for "Power of Women")
To review and/or buy at Mother Baby Press, visit here.
I am by nature a story teller. Maybe all
women are. It is easier to hear Truth in
a story. It is easier to remember Truth
in a story. Following is an excerpt from
the upcoming book - The Power of Women.
Make a cup of tea and treat yourself to
listening to a wisdom that will lighten
the heart, enliven the bones and open your
own voice for story telling.
From the Introduction to Chapter One - Stories
You are a Strong Woman! I told her
as she wobbled faint of body and spirit. Look
at me and say, I am a Strong Woman!
I am a S · T · R ·
O · N · G woman, she responded deliberately
and slowly. The full moon made dappled light in
our little room in the woods.
MorningStar, if I am a S · T ·
R · O · N · G woman, why
dont I feel it?, she asked, tired
and sick and weak. Just then she pushed out her
largest baby girl and held her to her warm breast.
You were right! she exclaimed in power,
I am a Strong Woman!
Women birth everywhere in woods, in shacks,
in quaint homes and suburbs and palaces, under
trees, in taxis, and lately, in clinics and hospitals.
It is hard to birth in power without privacy and love and a place called home. It is hard to birth
in power if youre scared or sick or tired.
It is hard for a midwife to help you if she is
far from help herself and especially if she doesnt
know how to make good word medicine.
The instinctual life will create word medicine,
even if you are on an island. Ive never
met a womyn who wouldnt get her baby out
if she were on an island. And I dont believe
she would flop on her back and put her feet in
the air. Though I imagine she might squat and
crawl and walk and pant and rest and hold on and
let go and weep and sing and call to the Gods,
and in the end, cry out in power in great
triumph in wet Bliss.
These stories are those kind of stories
Stories of power and triumph and bliss.
May you honor the fullest
expression of your divine nature and reflect it
in the world around you.