Friday, February 15, 2013

VALENTINE'S GIVEAWAY WINNER!

I realize that by choosing to host this type of giveaway I put myself in a very difficult position!!!!   Choosing the winner was really, really hard!!! 

Believe me, I took this very seriously!

You ALL deserve a MamAmor, every single family should have one! I have no doubt that the benefits of having a MamAmor around are tremendous to every child, -girl or boy-, so I will continue to do my best - in one way or another - to bring a doll to as many families as possible, one doll at a time, -that is my mission-.

Thank you for sharing your stories, I spent a great deal of time reading every single one, and some, several times. I am so amazed by the strength, dedication, trust, perseverance, but specially the "love" you have for your children, families and communities. 

Thank you for the wonderful poems! You are so creative! What an amazing honor to have you dedicating your precious time writing these beautiful words!

Thank you for the videos! Loved seeing the faces behind the words, it is so great that technology allows us to have that option as well.

Thank you for the letters! The dads entries killed me! Wow...there are so many amazing men out there! 

Thank you for sharing your pictures and photo albums, some of them accompanied by wonderful birth stories.

And THANK YOU for passing the word around about MamAmor Dolls, your continue support is so much appreciated!




I am convinced that Anastasia is going to live in a loving home and community, and that she will stand for what she was created for. I am sure she will be played with in away that empowers and teaches women, children and families that birth is normal, that women have the right to choose where, how, and with who they want to give birth, and that breastfeeding is beautiful.  I hope you agree with me on this one, even if this doesn't send Anastasia your way.

Anastasia, her baby and toddler are going to live in Utah with Audrey Bird, her family and community. 

Here it's why...

My Name is Audrey Bird, and I am a midwife in rural southeastern Utah! I am the ONLY midwife in my area for several hours in every direction, and the only alternative to a hospital birth aside from unassisted childbirth (which is what most women had to do before I came along). I cover by myself two counties and the edge of the Reservation to the south of us.
While we have mostly great supportive doctors here- our hospitals are tiny. Like one story, 20 rooms tiny. So while the drs are fabulous, their options are severely limited by insurance costs. There is little to no childbirth education classes and very little breastfeeding education. We also have a lot of young women becoming mothers for an area so small. Anywhere from 15-early twenties being mothers for the first time. And a lot of them go into birth pretty much blind. 
As a young mother myself- my first was born in the hospital at 19- I understand the fear, and being mowed over because of age. I was very well educated and prepared-but they still instilled fear and uncertainty in me and ravaged my first birth experience. I came out of that experience with a purpose- to stop this kind of advantage-taking and misinformation from happening wherever I could. I became a midwife. It took a lot of sacrifice from my family, and myself- but I finally got there. I moved back to this corner of the state to provide a much-needed service to the women in my area. 
Unfortunately- its been slow going . I really need a bit oif better levertage to get into this community. I think that opening free educational classes for these girls and women would be a blessing to this community. There really are no other resources. Ive heard from girls begging for VBACs (our hospitals will not allow them) because they went in young- were told they couldn't push out a baby because they were too small- and ended up with cesareans  Most women out here have on average 5 children. That is a LOT of repeat cesareans  Not only is it life threatening but they are being robbed of their births from the very start. 
With Anastasia I can use her as a resource with my scraped together CBE materials (you all know how much those are) and start branching out in my community, helping more and more women than just those ‘crunchy mamas’ who want to homebirth.
I also now have an (almost oh my word) one year old daughter. Maybe one day she will follow in my footsteps and continue the tradition I set for her. If she does- Anastasia would be used not only in one generation of midwifery care but several. 
Your work has touched the lives of so many, and made a huge difference in the birth community. Id love to be able to share Anastasia with my community. Thank you so much!
Here is a video of me-saying basically the same thing. But you can sort of meet me (and my four year old who video bombs it lol)

http://youtu.be/erAG4YY7Vak


Audrey, please send me your postal address at mamamor.dolls@gmail.com

Thank you all for participating! 

And don't be disappointed!  There will be another Giveaway soon! I just have to think how to make this easier....Suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

Love to all!
Adriana

Monday, February 4, 2013

MamAmor Dolls VALENTINE'S GIVEAWAY!

I am not a blogger...you can tell, but I like this space a lot, as it gives me the chance to hear from you.

Get ready to elaborate for this great opportunity!...a new Giveaway!

Meet ANASTASIA!!! She is a gorgeous birthing and breastfeeding MamAmor doll...and she can be yours!!!
ANASTASIA comes with a baby, dress, shoes, headband, hair clip, rebozo, a diaper bag with extra diapers and blankets to change the baby, and a bonus Nursing Toddler!!!!!
Value in dollars: $ 245 plus Shipping
Educational Value: Priceless



How? 

CONVINCE ME!!!



Why ANASTASIA should be yours?




This is your chance to be creative! Use videos, comments, photos, posters....whatever you think it will be convincing. Post only here, not in Facebook or anywhere else, this is a blog offer only, don't miss this chance!





BE AWARE:  THIS IS NOT A DRAW....I will pick the winner myself (with the help of my kids). I want to hear your reasons, please be clear, honest and tell me exactly why you want ANASTASIA. It doesn't matter HOW, it matters WHY.

Do your best so I pick YOU!!!


How to ENTER?


1- THINK about all the reasons why ANASTASIA deserves to be yours. Wait...don't post just yet...sleep on it and give me your best answer after you...

2- SHARE the news with your friends, family, colleagues , Facebook's friends, Tweeter friends, Google+ friends and pin MamAmor in Pinterest!!!!  Please be honest, your choice to share or not will weigh in our decision to send ANASTASIA to live with you. This is a win win opportunity....you give, we give! Giving is wonderful!

3- SUBSCRIBE to MamAmor's monthly....no! I mean quarterly Newsletter! Don't worry, I don't share my list....with anyone! BE PART of MamAmor Dolls wonderful community!

3- Now....Go ahead, and let me know WHY you want ANASTASIA to be yours in the comment box below!

A few rules:

- This opportunity is open to everyone around the world (please try to do this in English or Spanish if possible).

- Free shipping worldwide

- One entry per family

- Deadline is Valentines Day- Feb. 14th, 2013 at 11:59PM


- Winner will be posted here on February 15th and she/he will have 3 full days to get back to me. If winner doesn't show up on time, I will choose another winner.





About Posting here:

I am aware that many of you had difficulties posting in blogger before, but this is the best platform available to me at this point, so the Giveaway will be hosted only here. I hope you can find the way to post here, believe me, it will be worth your time!

Entries posted in Facebook or via email will not be considered for this Giveaway.  Please, post ONLY here.



Thank you!!! Good luck everyone!!

And Happy Love Day!


PS  Don't be disappointed if you don't win, there will be other opportunities to win a MamAmor!  I know this will a very difficult decision to make, but I want to give it a try! Can't wait to hear from you!