Victories to celebrate from 2011

Just a quick note to say Happy New Year to all of you. Thanks for reading, emailing and generally making running this site a pleasure.

I’m excited for 2012, during which I’ll hit my fifth anniversary of running this blog. I’ve got a bunch of exciting projects in the works to celebrate that milestone, so stay tuned!

In an effort to focus on the wins of the past year, rather than the many struggles and disappointments, here is a quick run down of things to celebrate from 2011:

This is a recent one from NAPW that I didn’t get a chance to blog, but in partnership with organizations working in the Native community, they recently were able to get a tribal court to drop charges against a pregnant woman whose child died shortly after birth.

Midwife Robin Lim wins an amazing award from CNN in honor of her work with pregnant women in Bali.

ACOG puts out a statement in support of treating trans patients with care and sensitivity.

The personhood amendment fails in Mississippi.

A new abortion doula project in SF!

The word doula gets entered into the Oxford English Dictionary.

Vermont mandates insurance coverage for licensed midwives.

Midwives in Colorado get a better law allowing them to improve their care.

And of course, last but not least, all of the incredible radical doulas featured here.

Here’s to even more successes in 2012!

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One thought on “Victories to celebrate from 2011

  1. Kristen O (@BirthingKristen) December 29, 2011 / 11:52 pm

    I love the idea of listing what was worth celebrating this year. It can be so easy to get bogged down by the seemingly constant struggles and losses and disappointments. But seeing this list here reminds me that there IS “progress,” even if it sometimes exists in a sea of hardship.

    Indeed, here’s to more successes in 2012!

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