I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had been invited to speak to a workshop of midwives at the Gold Coast University Hospital about our journey with loosing our twin girls Elle and Meg. It was a bereavement workshop designed to assist midwives and other health professionals in having more insight and understanding with the extremes when dealing with mums like myself.
Well Monday was the day that I addressed the workshop, it all went well of course. No need for imaging the audience naked or other tactics. Just plain old getting up there with some points of my speech written and speaking from the heart. Friends and family threw love and support at me as well as some pointers. It was suggested I should wear clothing and shoes familiar and comfortable to me, so I could focus on the emotionally heavy content.
Emotionally heavy content or not, I was having none of this familiar business and wore a new to me vintage style modern frock I op shopped recently for $2. I felt fabulous, professional, together and most of all me and still true to myself.
Dress - op shopped
Nude Wedges - retail years ago
Mumma ad Daughter Brooch - op shooped
Painted Flower Brooch - car boot sale
1960's Bow Brooch - hand down to me from my Mother in Law
Wanting to keep jewelry and accessories on my wrist and neck to a minimum (because it would have annoyed in me during my speech), I decided it was best to bling myself out with brooches instead. So out came three of my favorite brooches.
I'm so pleased to of had an opportunity to speak in such a setting to professionals, and further opportunities look like they will be on the horizon. If I'm able to help doctors, nurses, hospitals and health professionals examine their practices dealing with bereaved parents suffering miscarriage, still birth or newborn death, and have parents well supported it's the least I could do in honoring my girls memory.
Overall it was a wonderful morning, topped with a massive bunch lilies which are divinely scenting my home. The morning was followed by coming home to an email about something that has been keeping me busy and away from the blog, which I'm busting to share (just don't want to jinx things just yet). But all I can say for now is that I'm doing back flips and am just a tad excited to say the least.
Labels: Life & Style, Personal Life, Personal Style, Pregnancy Loss