Kindred Spirits

July 8, 2015

Becoming a parent (how ever you become one) grants you access to an informal, there but not there collective. As soon as I started taking care of Miss 11 a whole other world opened to me. I was connecting with women – mothers – with who at first glance I had nothing in common with. But in a deeper more meaningful way, we were actually kindred spirits. Women just doing the best they could for their children, families and themselves. Women who regardless of who birthed their children, or how their children were birthed shared the title of mum.

When Caitlin and Bettina reached out to ask me to contribute a story to The Kindred Collective, an e-magazine they were developing I said yes. The first volume was going to be on the theme of Birth. I was stumped. Birth? I didn’t birth Miss 11. It took me many weeks of putting pen to paper to finally realise that I was thinking of birth too literally. Instead I decided to write about the birth of my family, or more honestly, my birth as a mother. There are so many wonderful stories of birth in this first edition of The Kindred Collective.

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I think you’ll enjoy it. The magazine has almost 100 pages of beautifully strung words and images, interwoven with the most honest human emotions. Birth Volume I of The Kindred Collective is on sale now for $10. Part of the proceeds from the sale of each magazine goes to the Dr Catherine Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia. If you have $10 to spare and you’re interested, you can head over and buy yourself a copy of The Kindred Collective here. I’d love to hear what you think of the magazine, and my heartfelt thanks to those of you who have already purchased a copy.

The Kindred Collective Volume I

 

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