5.02.2010

Int'l Doula Month - Giveaway #1

I am very happy to announce the first giveaway of many for this month! Our first donation is from Jacquie, aka Wild Mother Arts.

Jacquie is donating a Unakite Pregnant Goddess Necklace. Unakite, also called epidote, derives its name from the Greek epidosis, meaning "growing together". It is a combination of red jasper and green epidote solidly bound together. From this we get the meaning that what comes together belongs together.

Unakite (or Epidote) can be used to draw off negative energy and is said to lift your spirits when you are feeling down - this is the gemstone to help you to see the beauty in life.
This Mama Goddess necklace is made from unakite and features ample breasts, a very pregnant belly and has a cute little bum! Unakite with its green and pink swirls is considered to be the childbearing stone and is said to facilitate an easier labor, increase your self esteem, and pave the way for a joyous birth. It is the one stone I would not labor and birth without and you will see it a lot in my birth jewelry.
Jacquie is an amazing artist who sells her items on Etsy at Wild Mother Arts, while marketing her doula services on her private website. She is very active online and you can Fan her on Facebook or follow her on twitter.

Here is a little more about this amazing and multifaceted mama:
I'm a mama of three, a doula and breastfeeding counsellor, jewelry artisan, moonwise woman and wild mother! I'm definitely on the crunchier side, and love herbs and aromatherapy, babywearing and co-sleeping. I'm a science-fiction geek, and also love to write both fiction and non-fiction, and I'm working on a book. Several, in fact.

I fell in love with pregnancy and birth in my twenties and stumbled upon a labor support course when I was pregnant with my first baby. Around the same time, I saw a beautiful bracelet that inspired me to start making my own jewelry, and I decided to mix the two and thus Wild Mother Arts was born.
What makes your heart skip a beat, hold your breath, or sigh with happiness:
Without a doubt, nursing my three babies did all three. Watching them sleep is a very close second, too. Oh, and chai tea!
If you had to choose one item that you sell, what is your favorite and why:
I love the symbolism in my Labordust Wish Necklace! Unakite for a joyous birth, moonstone for feminine energies, red jasper for protection, amber for pain and a tiny fine silver bell for focus... It combines my favorite gemstones with the miracle of birth. And I also love the pregnant mama goddess necklaces - so empowering!
When you think of a doula, what do you think:
I think of of wonderful, unique women with different backgrounds and experiences - but all with a similar goal of assisting women through one of the most important experiences and transitions in life. I believe that doulas make such an amazing difference to every woman and every birth they attend.
Consequentially, what do you think of birth practices in the U.S. right now:
It's so complicated, and it shouldn't be. So many unnecessary inductions, interventions and complications. We should have more choice in how we birth, and although we actually do compared to 50 years ago, sometimes it's so frustrating I want to cry. However, I am thrilled every time I hear that a woman is making a choice to be informed and to make the choices that are right for her. I'm even more thrilled when women choose midwifery care or hire a doula!
Anything Else that you would like us to know about you:
I am extremely passionate about honoring and celebrating all the transitions in women's lives, beginning with the first journey to the red tent. I believe that we need to pass on a healthy and positive attitude toward menstruation to our daughters and be moonwise women!
Thank you Jacquie for your donation and for your wonderful contribution to the birthing community! It has been a delight getting to know you through email and I am ecstatic to bring more awareness to your site and your services.

RULES FOR ENTERING:

Remember, EACH OF THESE count as one entry. To have them counted as one entry each, they must each be fulfilled with their own, separate, comment. Be sure that your comment contains your email either in the body of the message, or through your profile.
  • For your initial entry, you must, go to her etsy shop, then come back and comment with which of her items you like the most.
  • Post a link to this giveaway on your FB. Then, copy and paste a link to that in a comment here on my blog.
  • "Like" her FB page.
  • Create your own blog post regarding this giveaway, with a link to this post, then comment with a link back to your blog post.
  • If you took advantage of the Early Bird Entries, you can add any/all of your Early Bird entries to this giveaway by commenting with the words "EB Entry".
Entries will be closed on May 29th, at midnight, and the drawing will occur on May 31st, at noon.

Happy entering!!!

49 comments:

venessa said...

oh, and i also liked her page on facebook! :)

Anonymous said...

wow, what a beautiful collection! i love the necklace for the contest, but i also really love the birth warrior bracelet!

Anonymous said...

http://www.etsy.com/listing/44807114/birth-wise-bracelet-for-labor-and-birth

LOVE THIS!!!

Nicole D said...

Just a reminder to the anonymous commentors - make sure you put in your name and/or email address in the body of the comment, in case you win, and so I know who you are!

Emily, Anthro Doula said...

I also have an EB entry - I blogged about your giveaway on my site

Emily, Anthro Doula said...

I love Jacquie's jewelry! My very favorite is the Labordust Wish Necklace - I love all the tiny charms together. Second would be the Springtime Fertility earrings.

Emily said...

I had an EB entry - giveaway on my facebook fan page http://www.facebook.com/#!/BirthSisterDoulaServices

venessa said...

hey nicole!

the first and second comment are both mine, not sure why i wasn't signed into my google account for the first one! thanks!

venessa

Kelly said...

Night time is such a special time for mommies and babies...I love the Goodnight Moon Nursing and Storytelling Necklace to honor that special night time bond.

Kristina said...

I love her Milky Twilight Nursing Necklace!

Olga said...

Such fabulous items! I love the nursing necklaces but the goddess necklaces are probably my favourite. Lovely!

tara said...

I love the Rose Quartz Mama Goddess. Since rose quartz most often symbolizes love, which every mother must have in abundance, and becuase the piece itself is so voluptuous, it really represents women/mothers as a whole.

I'm heading to facebook to friend her and I'm going to post a link to this page as well (I think I'm savvy enough. LOL)

tara said...

I am learning new things today. I "Liked" her on facebook today, posted a link on my facebook page (which I had never done) and here's a link back to my blog about this post

http://iwantthursdays.blogspot.com/2010/05/wonderful-jewelry-giveaway-that.html

The power of women communicating is awesome.

Wendy said...

I love the mentality and beauty of the Unakie Pregnant Mama Goddess Necklace, I may get one for labor and delivery anyway! The Namaste Nursing Necklace also seems like a great addition once breast-feeding starts!

Michelle @ Knitted Together said...

*I am pretty practical so I would have to go with the nursing necklace. I've never have one, but would love to get one this time.
*I also put it on facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=324883460500&ref=ts
*Liked her Facebook Page
*EB Entry

Anonymous said...

I love the "birth warrior" bracelet.
hisjennifer@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#!/profile.php?id=775160533

posted a facebook link

hisjennifer@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

"like" her on facebook

hisjennifer@yahoo.com

Nicole said...

favorite is the forest green picasso

Nicole said...

http://www.facebook.com/nicoledoula?ref=profile
Shared on facebook

Nicole said...

blogged with link.

http://lostvegan.wordpress.com/2010/05/04/may-is-international-doula-month/

Sheridan said...

My favorite is the necklace for the contest. Pretty and just captures the beauty of a pregnant mom!

Sheridan said...

I facebooked about the give away.

Sheridan said...

I friended her.

Emily said...

Love this Unakite Pregnant Goddess Necklace. Would love to give this to my doula mentor as a gift.
emily at yourbirthsister dot com

katia said...

i love the Rose Quartz Mama Goddess - Fertility, Birth and Nursing. what beautiful necklaces!

kshuttle@uoguelph.ca

angelina said...

goddess necklace, warroir bracelet
xxxxx

racergirl1313 said...

I love the Babydust Fertility Anklet! It is feminine and adorable.

grace said...

My favorite is the Victorian Moon Necklace - Red Tent Jewelry. love the colors! c:

vesipisaroita [at] gmail [dot] com

Dawn Star Borchelt said...

I absolutely LOVE the blessing bead kits - what a practical, beautiful, affordable idea!

Dawn Star Borchelt said...

http://www.facebook.com/LargerCircleBirth - posted on FB!

Dawn Star Borchelt said...

And I "liked" her on FB (okay, "fanned" made more sense grammatically.)

Abundant B'earth said...

wow, the tiger eye mama goddess is absolutely stunning!

Domestic Diva said...

I like the Earth Mother Nursing Necklace Set. So gorgeous!

Emily Taylor said...

I loved the Tiger Eye Mama Goddess necklace.

nordstromemily(at)hotmail(dot)com

TopHat said...

I like the blessingway bead sets- especially the purple toned one: Raku Mix.

hrfarley at gmail dot com

Rochelle said...

Liked her on Facebook!

Rochelle said...

I am really considering buying her fertility bracelet. After 3 years of ttc, I'll take any break I can get. But my absolute favorite piece is the garden goddess necklace!

MamaVee said...

"liked" on facebook

MamaVee said...

There is much drool-worthy jewelry on her site, but I really like the nursing necklaces, especially this set of three http://www.etsy.com/listing/46300914/earth-mother-nursing-necklace-set.

Barb, Diabetic Snacker said...

The mama quartz necklaces are so cute too. I love her shop so creative.

Barb, Diabetic Snacker said...

They have a great website I like the leather desk accent pieces.

Heather said...

I like the
Daisy Chain Nursing Necklace - 30mm Millefiore Glass.
jswandrn at gmail

Ľubaša said...

I like this necklace:
Victorian Moon Necklace - Red Tent Jewelry
thanks
lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

Ľubaša said...

a post about contest on my FB wall:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1183939846&v=wall&story_fbid=126441804041974&ref=mf
lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

Ľubaša said...

I liked Wild Mother Arts FB page, Ľubica K.
lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

sweetmelbelle31 said...

The item i liked the most is the Garden of Fertility Bracelet.

Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Sweetmelbelle31@yahoo dot com

sweetmelbelle31 said...

I liked Wild Mother Arts on Facebook, I'm known as Melissa Belle there.

Sweetmelbelle31@yahoo dot com

sweetmelbelle31 said...

I posted about this giveaway on my facebook wall.

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001071946028&v=wall

sweetmelbelle31@yahoo dot com

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