I was initially drawn towards Erin and mamas 4 mamas because of the important and respectful work
she is doing internationally. As an Anthropologist, it was important for me this type of aide is conducted
in a culturally relative way, and Erin is experienced, educated and genuinely responsive to those issues.
Her goals are inspiring and achievable, and it made sense to be a part of this organization. I too, want
mothers across the globe to feel comfortable in making the decisions that are right for themselves, their
children and families.
Like many women, my experience as a mother was not all that I dreamed of. With a pre-existing illness,
I was required to have a cesearian section, and on life-saving medication that had undesirable effects for
my child, I was unable to breastfeed. In another life, with another body, I would have planned for a
midwife assisted birth with more gentle interventions than what occurred. These restrictions did not
deter from having a child, but it did help me reflect on the choices women have – and sometimes do not
have in childbirth. It’s my desire that all mothers have the opportunity to make these decisions in a
safe, educated and supportive environment.
As the Development Director, my goals with mamas 4 mamas are: to assist in the progression of
knowledge in our community around international maternal/child health, to expand our donor reach, to
create meaningful and long-lasting relationships in the province to grow our fund development
activities, and to offer event and awareness campaign support throughout the year.