Published by The Source Weekly

“Birth” A production at COCC sheds light on the “traumatic and beautiful” experience of bringing new life

“When a woman steps into a birthing environment and does not feel safe, we are letting her down. When a woman steps into a birthing environment and has to fight for her health care practitioners to honor her body’s wisdom, we are letting her down,” says Shanti O’Connor, a local producer bringing “Birth,” a play by BOLD founder and playwright Karen Brody, to Bend beginning Nov. 9. “This play is about women giving women a voice, and…all the ways in which women birth themselves into motherhood.”

O’Connor is also a nationally-certified counselor and Reiki master, and runs women’s circles and retreats through her business Rooted & Open. She believes giving birth is one of the most transformational events in a woman’s life and says she joyfully leaped at the idea of bringing “Birth” to Bend. [Read More…]