Who We Are
The Portuguese call giving birth "dar la luz" which is literally translated as bring to light. This phrase sums up our understanding of the birthing process, the power of the feminine womb and the honor that this man gets to partake in this divine process. We are planning to have bring to light in the Algarve, Portugal. Bruno is originally from Portugal and Shiren from USA. We are adding a new life to our family. Noa, Shiren's bonus daughter is 3 1/2 and is anxious for the baby. Her birthday is May 07 and our due date is May 09, I think this will be a great birthday present for her. Noa is completely in tune with the process and feeds the baby all the time. She likes to feed good foods to Shiren and say that it is for the baby.
When we found out we were pregnant it was a time of great transition. The end of the summer was approaching and Shiren was finishing her Master's while Bruno was finishing his summer contract. In the Algarve, work is feast and famine Therefore, the winter months have been difficult to visualize abundance.
The pregnancy process is transformative and brings to light so much for everyone involved. During this time we were trying to understand and receive intuition if we should use our money to buy necessary material objects for the baby or spend our money on the process of our pregnancy and birth. The Divine Intuition tells us that we should plan for a home birth and knock on whatever doors might open to make that a possibility. Shiren's speaking and understanding of Portuguese is not 100% and giving birth in a Portuguese hospital will cause extra confusion. Additionally, we believe in the philosophies of a home birth.
So... here we are on Indiegogo!
What We Need
We need to have prenatal care, for us that is using doula services. Our doula is working with us to be spiritual, mentally and physically prepared to bring the baby. We need to hire a mid-wife that speaks English for the delivery day. Additionally, we need to pay for the materials needed for a home birth, which include: liners for mattress and floors, birth ball and swing, the kit (gloves, gauze, cord clamp, etc.), oils, herbs and teas, and other that will surface as time allows.
Other Ways You Can Help
Financial contributions are important but other ways to help are to spread the word through email lists, forums, word-of-mouth and blog posts. We also need prayers, positive energy and encouragement. Home birthing is not for everyone and most people do not understand why we would want to take this route, so kind words and encouragement are helpful as well.
Also, you can follow Shiren's blog on worldpress, if you are interested.