BIRTHFIT Muster: Saturday, October 14th

Life does not come without death.

The motherhood transition does not come without miscarriage, abortion, or loss. It is thought that 211 million pregnancies occur each year with 8-20% ending in miscarriage and as much as 20% ending in abortion.

Whatever the mechanism of loss, we choose to honor these special spirits that are usually with us for a short, but transformative time. We have chosen to honor these spirits by something we will refer to as BIRTHFIT Muster, which happens annually on October 14th.

As many of you know, I went to Texas A&M University. One of the most touching traditions I felt like we embraced as Aggies was that of Aggie Muster. This is a gathering in which we celebrate the spirit of Aggieland while also honoring the memories of those we lost the previous year. This tradition is over 100 years old. I can only hope that we mimic this tradition’s magnificent reach each year we host a BIRTHFIT Muster.

At BIRTHFIT, many of us work with hundreds of women a year. It is not uncommon for loss, miscarriage, and/or abortion to rear its face. However, it is uncommon for our society to talk about it. So, we decide we were going to start talking death, loss, and transformation. In 2016, we decided that we would honor these special spirits every year on October 14th. This year the virtual ceremony will start at 3pm PST on Saturday, October 14th, and the live ceremony will be at BIRTHFIT NC

In this virtual ceremony we will honor the memories of our special spirits whose absence prevents them from answering the ROLL CALL. The ROLL CALL is symbolic in that we have lost a tribe member, but their memory lives on. As each name is called, the BIRTHFIT mama or another BIRTHFIT triber, will answer, “Here.” After the ROLL CALL, we will have a guest speaker. Everything will take approximately 60 minutes.

A few things to remember:

  • We’d love to have you submit names for the ROLL CALL. All names (Baby Smith or First Name and Last Name or Nickname) must be submitted to by Thursday, October 12th at 9pm PST. 

  • This will be virtual as well as LIVE for those attending the BIRTHFIT Professional Seminar in Raleigh, NC.

  • Be sure you are signed up for our newsletter and in our BIRTHFIT Facebook group so that you can get webinar sign-in information the night before or copy and paste the information below in your calendar :) 

I look forward to seeing you many of you there so that we may honor and lift up those we lost this past year.



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