What does being a Trust Birth Facilitator involve?
Message From Founder Carla Hartley
Dear Future Trust Birth Initiative Facilitator,
How wonderful that you care so much about babies and mothers and birth that you are willing to be part of an all volunteer organization dedicated to one goal: Helping Others TRUST BIRTH!
The idea of the Trust Birth Initiative kept me awake at night for weeks. I tried to dismiss it as being too difficult, as I had a similar idea a year ago that I eventually talked myself out of. But this one would not go away. I am already extremely busy and do not need another job. But you know what? There is a difference in jobs and purpose. I don’t think I have time for any more jobs in my life, but the fire in my heart tells me that there is time for more purpose. Judging from the enthusiasm of those of you who are interested in becoming Trust Birth Facilitators, I know I am not alone. Yes, we are taking on another job, but we believe we have a vital purpose to fulfill.
I have spent a lot of time thinking about the meaning of the “Trust” part of Trust Birth. Trust cannot be defined apart from faith. Because I have faith that we are made to give birth and were designed by someone much smarter than we are, I can trust that birth was meant to work. My own trust in birth is very much a part of who I am, my faith in God, and what I believe about Trust and Truth and Purpose. Joining the Trust Birth Initiative may have no spiritual connotation for you, but I had an epiphany that brought it all into clear focus for me. The epiphany did not come from me, but from within me. It was already there. We are born trusting. We have to be taught not to. Trust is part of the package. We are obviously designed to give birth. We must have been born trusting birth. We have been taught to ignore what we already know. We have been taught that birth is scary and must be left to the experts. We have been taught a pack of lies.
Here is where we have to acknowledge that Trust must be married to TRUTH. Truth has enormous power. Truth is stronger than lies. We need to tell the truth about birth, again and again and again. Trust will follow.
I want to help women discover or learn that they already trust birth. It is natural and logical to trust birth. It is unnatural and illogical not to. We will help them rediscover that and nurture it, and encourage them so that they can help other women do the same.
I have asked a few women to come on board as a part of the Trust Birth Initiative Executive board because they share my vision. We have HUGE dreams for the Trust Birth Initiative. We want to help thousands of women come to a place where they realize that they Trust Birth, and we are determined to find a way to do that. We cannot do it alone. We need you. We need your dedication and determination. We need your heart and your love for babies and mothers and birth.
We will, by necessity, be very careful with the Trust Birth Initiative name and be sure that our efforts are in line with our purpose. Our facilitators will have to meet standards of integrity and enthusiasm and birth trust.
We have the potential to effect a historical cultural paradigm shift, which will result in a power shift, returning the ownership of birth back to the women who have come to trust birth. I truly hope you will be able to be a part of that.
~ Carla Hartley