Throughout time, trees have been symbols of strength, tradition, and sage wisdom. This year, as part of the International Day of the Midwife celebrations happening at the Birth & Baby Fair, on May 5, 2012 in Mission Plaza, we are creating a participatory art installment to present to our midwives, and shed light on just how strong our local midwifery community really is!
We are creating a large tree, and each leaf on the tree is to represent a baby that has been born into the hands of a midwife. To make it even more real, each leaf will have a baby's name written on it, along with the midwife who caught him/her.
For the next month we will be collecting babies' names to include on the tree, and we need your help! Please, if you would like your baby to be represented on our tree, submit your information in the comment section below. Please include your names (parents), your baby's name (please include all of your children that have been born with midwives), and the name of the midwife that attended your birth.
You can also come by the Midwifery Appreciation booth on the day of the fair, and fill out your own leaf/leaves in person and add it to the tree yourself.
On the day of the fair, the completed tree will be presented to the midwives of our community. After the fair it will go on display to serve as a powerful visual tool for depicting the strength and support of local midwifery.