Saturday, May 14, 2011

Hobo Mama Giveaway: Autographed Birth Matters by Ina May Gaskin $17 {6.6; Worldwide} CLOSED

This is a joint giveaway cross-posted on Hobo Mama Reviews and Natural Parents Network. You may enter at one site only. Please find the section marked "Win it!" for the mandatory main entry and optional bonus entries.

Birth Matters by Ina May GaskinI had the joy of hearing midwife Ina May Gaskin speak in Seattle and would like to offer my Ina May-signed copy of Birth Matters: A Midwife's Manifesta to one reader who wasn't lucky enough to have seen her in person!

(You can read my full account of Ina May Gaskin's presentation at Hobo Mama, and find Amy of Anktangle's take on her blog.)

Birth Matters is Ina May Gaskin's latest book, published just this year.

The book is described here as "a spirited manifesta showing us how to trust women, value birth, nurture families, and reconcile modern life with a process as old as our species." I've resisted reading this copy so I don't ruin it for the winner, and I'm still in line for it at the library. But in a brief flip-through, I'm already entranced.

Don't you adore the cover? That's Ina May herself with her newborn son Samuel.

The book is worth $17 (plus the priceless autograph!), and I will gladly mail it anywhere in the world.

The contest ends June 6, because it's my anniversary and sounds pretty. I'll most likely even have gone through my next birth by then!

Lauren of Hobo Mama with Ina May Gaskin in Town Hall Seattle
Here's my stalker-ish proof that I stood in line for the autograph!



BUY IT!

Ina May Gaskin publicity shot from Town Hall visit in SeattleYou can purchase Birth Matters directly at Amazon or from your local bookseller. The list price is $16.95, though it's currently on sale at Amazon for $10.74 and eligible for free Super Saver Shipping.

WIN IT!

For your own chance to win a signed copy of Birth Matters, enter in the comments below! Contest is open WORLDWIDE.

MAIN ENTRY: Tell me something you like about midwives. (It will be a little midwife love-fest!)

Leave an email address in at least one of your comments if it's not clearly visible on your profile or linked web page so I can contact you if you win. (You can write it like this to foil spambots: mail {at} hobomama {dot} com or similar.)

This is a joint giveaway with Hobo Mama Reviews and Natural Parents Network, a site bringing together those interested in attachment parenting and a natural lifestyle. You may do any bonus entries at one site only, and we'll be recording IP addresses to ensure there are no duplicate entries. That said, please do check out and enjoy both sites!

BONUS ENTRIES, to increase your chance of winning (leave a separate comment for each so I can count them all):
  • Leave a relevant comment on my post on Hobo Mama about the Ina May presentation "Birth Works" and comment back here that you've done so.
  • Leave a relevant comment on Amy's post on Anktangle about "Birth Works" and comment back here that you've done so.
  • Follow www.HoboMama.com through Google Friend Connect, or subscribe to the Hobo Mama RSS feed in a reader or by email (1 entry for each).
  • Follow www.HoboMamaReviews.com publicly through Google Friend Connect, or subscribe to the Hobo Mama Reviews RSS feed in a reader or by email (1 entry for each).
  • Subscribe to Natural Parents Network in a reader or by email.
  • Leave a relevant comment on a non-giveaway article at Hobo Mama and tell us which post (comment on separate posts for up to 3 entries total).
  • Leave a relevant comment on a non-giveaway article at Natural Parents Network and tell us which post (comment on separate posts for up to 3 entries total).
  • Follow @Hobo_Mama on Twitter and leave your Twitter name in the comment.
  • Follow @NatParNet on Twitter and leave your Twitter name in the comment.
  • Tweet about this giveaway (up to 5 times total, at least 24 hours apart). You can tweet this text: #Win a signed copy of #Birth Matters, by #midwife Ina May Gaskin, in a @Hobo_Mama #giveaway! http://bit.ly/lyCtW7 {6.6, Worldwide}
  • Like Hobo Mama on Facebook.
  • Like Natural Parents Network on Facebook.
  • Follow Hobo Mama on Networked Blogs.
  • Post this giveaway on your Facebook page or wall and leave the link (1 entry). You can use this status update: Win an autographed copy of the inspiring book Birth Matters, by midwife Ina May Gaskin, from @Hobo Mama. Contest ends June 6 and is open WORLDWIDE.
    Be sure to attach the contest URL to your update! (This is not part of the status text!)
    http://www.hobomamareviews.com/2011/05/giveaway-autographed-birth-matters-by.html
  • Enter another of my current giveaways or the giveaways on Natural Parents Network (1 extra entry per giveaway — check back for more!).
  • Put my Hobo Mama button on your website or add http://www.HoboMama.com to your text blogroll for 2 extra entries each. The HTML code for the button is in the sidebar. Leave your site URL in the comment.
  • Put the Natural Parents Network badge on your website or add http://NaturalParentsNetwork.com to your text blogroll for 2 extra entries each. The HTML code for the badge is in the sidebar. Leave your site URL in the comment.

RULES:
  • Contest open worldwide.
  • Contestants may enter at either Hobo Mama Reviews or Natural Parents Network but not both. Entries will be combined for the drawing of a single winner.
  • Leave each entry as a separate comment so I can count them all.
  • For actions like following and subscribing, if you already follow or subscribe, just let me know in your comment.
  • For tasks that garner you multiple entries, you can copy and paste the comment with a #1, #2, etc.
  • You don't have to do any of the bonus entries, but you do have to complete the first mandatory one.
  • I will pick the winner through Random.org after the contest closes and send an email notification. Leave an email address in your comment if it's not clearly visible on your profile or linked web page so I can contact you if you win. If I can't reach a winner or don't hear back within a couple days, I'll draw a new name.
  • Any questions, let me know: mail {at} HoboMama.com

Contest closes June 6 at 11:59 p.m. PST.


Disclosure: I purchased the book myself and
stood in line for the autograph. :)
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191 comments:

cates said...

First entry! I love midwives because they trust women's bodies! They know that birth is a natural process and they are there to facilitate that natural process, not to interfere with needless interventions!

cates said...

liked hobo mama on facebook!

cates said...

liked NPN on facebook!

cates said...

following hobo mama on networked blogs!

cates said...

commented on amy's post at anktangle

Hippie Housewife said...

I love that my midwives took the time to sit down and talk with me. I also LOVED that they came to my house to do the first few post-natal visits!

Hippie Housewife said...

I commented on the post over at Hobo Mama.

Hippie Housewife said...

I subscribe to Hobo Mama via Google Reader!

Hippie Housewife said...

I subscribe to NPN.

Hippie Housewife said...

I like NPN on Facebook!

cates said...

commented on hobo mama post

cates said...

posted giveaway status with link!

cates said...

following NPN on twitter (@doulacate)

paisley4420 said...

Ina May is my hero :) Thanks for sharing <3

cates said...

following hobo mama on twitter (@doulacate)

cates said...

posted the tweet (@doulacate)

Amy said...

Like Hobo Mama on FB!

Amy said...

Like NPN on FB!

Amy said...

My homebirth was made possible (and amazing) by my midwives Amanda and Jamie. They were so calm and that made me calm. They were so supportive and we just let my body do the work! I am so blessed by the experience-- and a healthy baby boy (now 9 months!) I love Ina May -- have her two Guides and would love this one! Her stories inspire and let us know that birth, just, is.
http://amyelizabethsmith.wordpress.com/2010/12/07/my-home-birth-of-ezra/

marci said...

you can read my copy with dirt on your hands if you let me win it. i love ina may so much. pick meeeeeee!

Amy said...

I love the pictures from the conference! I too love the cover of this book... hopefully next time will be natural homebirth time for me, yay!

Julisuz said...

What I love about midwives is that they LISTEN to both what the mother is saying and what her body is feeling. We need more OBs to have this approach, that women in labor are WOMEN and not just patients.

Julisuz said...

Commented on Anktangle

Julisuz said...

Reposted link on facebook

Julisuz said...

Already "liked" Hobo Mama on fb!

Julisuz said...

Already "liked" NPN on fb!

Julisuz said...

Subscribed to Hobo Mama RSS feed on google reader

Julisuz said...

Subscribed to Hobo Mama Reviews RSS on google reader

Julisuz said...

Following Hobo Mama on twitter @suzileigh

Julisuz said...

Following NatParNet on twitter @suzileigh

Julisuz said...

Subscribed to NPN on google reader

Julisuz said...

Tweeted giveaway @suzileigh

Julisuz said...

NPN badge added to blog!

Julisuz said...

Commented on:http://naturalparentsnetwork.com/nursing-supplementing

Julisuz said...

Commented on http://naturalparentsnetwork.com/ritual-dedication

Julisuz said...

Commented on http://naturalparentsnetwork.com/negative-comments

Julisuz said...

Following Hobo Mama on networked blogs

Julisuz said...

Entered Who They Really Are giveaway at NPN!

Julisuz said...

Added Hobo Mama badge to blog!

Julisuz said...

Commented on other Ina May post at Hobo Mama

Carrie V said...

What's not to like about a midwife? I love that my midwife spends as much time with me as I need at each appointment, I love that she trusts my body, I love that during my daughter's birth she left me alone with my partner to birth in privacy the way I needed to until it was time for me to push and her to catch my daughter and encouraging me the whole time, I loved that my midwife never checked my progress to see how dilated or what not I was during labor. I could keep going...

nerdmafia said...

#1
can't believe you stood in the same room with ina may!

nerdmafia said...

#2
she's such a mythic figure in my mind that it seems so other-wordly to me that she is a real person who still deigns to appear to an audience of mere mortals...

nerdmafia said...

#3 following hobo mama at blogspot

Carrie V said...

I Like Hobo Mama on Facebook

lunashina{at}rocketmail{dot}com

Carrie V said...

I like NPN on FB.

nerdmafia said...

#4
moving to hk this summer, but i should still be in new york when the drawing comes up for this...

nerdmafia said...

#5
love the hobo mama blog in general...sending you happy homebirthing baby vibes >>>>>>>

Carrie V said...

Subscribed to Hobo Mama thru e-mail.

nerdmafia said...

#6
i like even numbers and since the drawing will be done on june 6th, i'll end with entry #6!

Mary Michael said...

I'm entering! Great giveaway :)

marymichaelpontzer at gmail dot com

Staci said...

I love that midwives view birth as a normal event and not a medical emergency waiting to happen.

Staci said...

I'm an RSS subscriber.

Staci said...

@bishopstaci is following you on Twitter.

Staci said...

I "liked" your page on FB.

Adina Altschuler Kopinsky said...

She is just amazing! If I don't win the book, I'll go buy it on Amazon :)

allana said...

I'm the proud mama of a 19-month-old boy who was born at home, with a midwife and a doula. The thing I love most about midwives is the time they invest in you! In this day and age of rushed medical appointments, it was a luxury and a joy to spend an hour or more at each midwife visit. Sometimes I had lots of questions or we had important things to discuss, sometimes we just talked. It was wonderful!

allana said...

Oops, forgot to add my e-mail:
allana {dot} giesbrecht {at} gmail {dot} com

allana said...

I commented on the post on Hobo Mama.

allana said...

I "liked" Hobo Mama on Facebook.

Susan said...

I love midwives because they're the only ones in our town who assist with water births.
skmohr7 at yahoo dot om

Susan said...

I follow Hobo Mama through Google friend connect
skmohr7 at yahoo dot com

Susan said...

I like Hobo Mama on Facebook
skmohr7 at yahoo dot com

Susan said...

I follow NPN on Facebook
skmohr7 at yahoo dot com

I'm a full-time mummy said...

Greetings from Malaysia!

I attended an antenatal course and also hired the same trainers (who are experienced UK midwives) to do post natal visits to my home after the delivery of my 1st child as they really helped us a lot in understanding birth, breastfeeding and baby care. Until today (2 years on) I still kept in touch with them as I'm forever grateful to meet and to learn from them!

~ Jenny
My email is: imafulltimemummy at gmail dot com
My blog URL is: ( http://www.imafulltimemummy.com/ )

I'm a full-time mummy said...

Greetings from Malaysia!

I left a comment in your post on Ina May presentation.

My comment was:
"What a breathtaking and moving video of the elephant giving birth! Thank you so much for sharing this post and I would really like to win that copy of the book!"

~ Jenny
My email is: imafulltimemummy at gmail dot com
My blog URL is: ( http://www.imafulltimemummy.com/ )

I'm a full-time mummy said...

Greetings from Malaysia! I'm already a follower of your blog via Google Friend Connect.
My email is: imafulltimemummy at gmail dot com
My blog URL is: ( http://www.imafulltimemummy.com/ )

I'm a full-time mummy said...

Greetings from Malaysia! Followed you on Facebook!
My email is: imafulltimemummy at gmail dot com
My Facebook ID: Chin Jenny
My blog URL is: ( http://www.imafulltimemummy.com/ )

Lilac said...

I love their patience.

ayakers (at) gmail (dot) com

Lilac said...

I follow via GFC.

ayakers (at) gmail (dot) com

Lilac said...

I subscribe via email.

ayakers (at) gmail (dot) com

Lilac said...

I like Hobo Mama on facebook.

ayakers (at) gmail (dot) com

Lilac said...

I like Natural Parents Network on facebook.

ayakers (at) gmail (dot) com

Lilac said...

I follow on Networked Blogs.

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Joy@WhenDoesDaddyComeHome said...

Okay so I have to say just ONE thing I love about midwives?! I love that midwives trust the mother's ability to bring her baby into the world and understand the most basics of mammals birthing their babies. They know that mothers need cool, quiet places where they feel protected and loved. They know that birth isn't just a physical event but an emotional and mental and spiritual journey!

Joy@WhenDoesDaddyComeHome said...

I follow Hobo Mama on GFC!

Joy@WhenDoesDaddyComeHome said...

Left a comment on your Ina May post on your other blog!

Julisuz said...

Second twitter entry! @suzileigh

Miriam said...

I love midwives because they trust women's bodies! They are empowering and supportive during birth!

miriam.heider@gmail.com

Miriam said...

I left a comment on your Ina May post!

Miriam said...

I like you on facebook!

Miriam said...

I like NPN on facebook too!

Christina said...

I've never had a midwife, but I hope to with my next pregnancy. I like how midwives spend more time with moms, give them personalized care, and support the natural birthing process.

Christina said...

I subscribe to Hobo Mama's RSS feed.

Christina said...

I follow @Hobo Mama on twitter: @themilkmama

Christina said...

also following Natural Parents on Twitter @themilkmama

Christina said...

left a comment on your Ina May post!

Julisuz said...

3rd twitter entry! @suzileigh

Anonymous said...

already follow you on twitter! @moonflowerlc

Monique J said...

Just liked you on Facebook!

Justine said...

What do I love about midwives - well EVERYTHING! The one on one care during my pregnancy was priceless.

jhulands (at) hotmail (dot) come

Justine said...

following on twitter
@tinkabel

Justine said...

following NatPat on Twitter :)

Justine said...

Already a fan on Facebook :)

Justine said...

But a new fan with Natural Parenting on facebook :)

Justine said...

Updated my status with link :)

Justine said...

Add the Hobo Mama badge to my blog
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Justine said...

Add the Natural Parents badge to my blog
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Justine said...

Just tweeted :) @tinkabel

Julisuz said...

4th twitter entry!! @suzileigh

Jen O said...

Midwives always take the time to answer your questions, explain anything, AND hold your hand!

Jen O said...

I also follow hobo mama on twitter! Thanks! (mostlybliss)

Jen O said...

I'm also following natural parenting on twitter (mostlybliss)

Jen O said...

I tweeted about the contest too!

Jen O said...

I just tweeted again! Thanks!!

https://twitter.com/#!/mostlybliss/status/72606971387318272

jenmoldham (at) gmail (dot) com

melissa said...

I love the way midwives trust birth! <3

Julisuz said...

5th twitter entry! (and my last entry!) @suzileigh

FreeIndeed said...

I love that midwives (most of them) fight for our right to birth as we choose. annatiffany@yahoo.com

FreeIndeed said...

left comment on "Birth Works" blog post. annatiffany@yahoo.com

FreeIndeed said...

left comment on Antangle

FreeIndeed said...

hobomama gfc follower, annatiffany@yahoo.com

FreeIndeed said...

hobo mama rss subscriber, annatiffany@yahoo.com

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hobomamareviews gfc follower. annatiffany@yahoo.com

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natural parents network rss subscriber. annatiffany@yahoo.com

Jessica said...

I love so many things about midwifes. Particularly that they spend countless, selfless hours assisting woman in one of the most powerful, life changing events mostly for the love of it.

jrhammlett (@) yahoo.com

Jessica said...

I commented on the Hobo Mama post

Jessica said...

I left a comment on Anktangle's post

Jessica said...

I subscribe to Hobo Mama on RSS Feed

Jessica said...

I follow in GFC

Jessica said...

I subscribe to Natural Parents Network

Jessica said...

I follow Hobo Mama on Twitter
@bkeepsushonest

Jessica said...

I follow Natural Parents on Twitter
@bkeepsushonest

Jessica said...

tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/bkeepsushonest/status/73100867896741888

Jessica said...

I like Hobo Mam on FB

Jessica said...

I like Natural Parents Network on FB

Jessica said...

I follow Hobo Mama on Networked Blogs

Jessica said...

facebook status update http://www.facebook.com/jrhammlett/posts/157475834318639

Jessica said...

I entered the Who They Really Are Giveaway

Jessica said...

I entered the Curly Monkey Giveaway

Jessica said...

I commented on Introducing Alrik, born at home May 21

Marla @meanderingwoman said...

Midwives are special people sent to be our advocates and partners for us and our family during one of the most life changing events we experience.

meanderingwoman {at} gmail {dot} com

Anonymous said...

We empower women to have a choice in their birth process. I am thankful to be @CALLED2MIDWIFE on twitter sharing the ups and downs of being with women.

Manager to Mom said...

I love that midwives help women trust in their bodies, and that they do not lean on common interventions used in hospitals (epidural, forceps, etc.)

I also love that they support birthing in whatever position is comfortable for the mother!

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Manager to Mom said...

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RSS subscribe for Hobo Mama Reviews (Google Reader)

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Email subscribe to Natural Parents Network

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Follow Hobo Mama on Twitter (@managertomom)

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Follow NatParNet on Twitter (@managertomom)

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Manager to Mom said...

Like you on FB (Kristy AC)

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sarah said...

I love midwives who listen & truly care about the women & families they work with.

Lisa C said...

just added your button to my blog

Lisa C said...
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Lisa C said...

already like you on fb

Lisa C said...

you're on my blogroll. twice. lol

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Lisa C said...

I subscribe in Google Reader

Lisa C said...

I follow hobo mama with friend connect

Lisa C said...

I follow hobo mama with twitter @edenwild

Lisa C said...

I follow natparnet on twitter @edenwild

Lisa C said...

Now liking Natural Parents Network on fb. Why haven't I done that already? Already left a few comments :)

Lisa C said...

I love that midwives will exhaust the least invasive interventions before they resort to interventions that are more risky.

I'm so grateful for the midwife that delivered my son! I swear she saved me from a c-section!!!

Lisa C said...

Okay, last one, this is exhausting, lol. I added the Natparnet badge to my site.

Manager to Mom said...

tweet
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AmandaSue said...

I love that there more friendly and actually care, unlike dr's who treat you like a number.

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Manager to Mom said...

tweet
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barefootbeauty said...

One thing I love about midwives - No sitting on an uncomfy, intimating exam table for appointments!

barefootbeauty said...

I subscribe to Hobo Mama.

barefootbeauty said...

I subscribe to Natural Parents Network.

barefootbeauty said...

I follow @Hobo_Mama from @justpureness.

barefootbeauty said...

I follow @NatParNet from @justpureness.

barefootbeauty said...

I tweeted this giveaway!

Isil Simsek said...

I alreay follow Hobomama on FB.

Isil Simsek said...

I already subscribe to Hobomama via Google reader

Isil Simsek said...

I now follow you through networked blogs

Alisha said...

I love that my midwife really listened to my concerns, and didn't treat me like an idiot.

Alisha said...

I subscribe to NPN on google reader

Isil Simsek said...

I have tweeted this post.

Alisha said...

I subscribe to hobomama on google reader

Alisha said...

I follow npn on twitter @nilatti

Alisha said...

I follow hobomama on twitter @nilatti

Alisha said...

I like hobomama on facebook

Alisha said...

I like npn on facebook

Isil Simsek said...

I follow NPN on twitter
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Alisha said...

I subscribe to hobomama reviews in google reader

Molly L said...

I love midwives beacuse they CARE . About babies, about women, about nature.
Ina mays books inspired me to become a midwife myself.

Alaskan(dot)hippie(dot)mama(at)gmail(dot)com

Heather in Oregon said...

I subscribe to hobomama through google reader

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Heather in Oregon said...

I love midwives because they recognize that birth is (almost always) a natural event rather than a medical emergency.I love midwives because they understand that taking the time to know the mama and her family/support people is an important component to a healthy birth. I especially love my midwives for the peace and quiet they provided my husband and I while I was laboring; no lights, no intrusive sounds, no unnecessary examinations.

witch.knitter.am.i(at)gmail(d0t)com

Rachel said...

I love midwives because they're the only ones that seem to remember that women were born to birth children. It's not an illness.

rachel [at] copious gypsy [dot] com

Hutchings said...

I would love to win a copy of this book, Im due in Sept and am doing a HBAC so the more that I can read the better! Love your blog!

Adina Altschuler Kopinsky said...

Oops! Didn't realize I needed to say what I loved about midwives in order to enter. I love midwives because they trust you and your body. :-)

Manager to Mom said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/#!/managertomom/status/77942239447367681

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AmandaSue said...

I like the fact that they are more caring and give you personlize care and treat you like a human and not a number.