A stellar lineup of Louisville folk, rock, bluegrass and Americana performers will take the stage at Willow Park on Sunday September 16th in support of positive, progressive options for childbirth. The third annual Birth Care Network Doulapalooza will take place from 3 to 8 PM and will feature music from Tim Krekel, John Mann, the DanoBillys (Dan Boone and members of Bodeco), John Gage and Fernando Moya, Janis Pruitt, the grrl-power trio of Leigh Ann Yost, Andrea Davidson and Teneia Sanders, Marion Dries and the Double Ds, Kentucky Fried Pickin’ and the teenage trio sensation Nora, Ben & Eli, along with special guest, comedienne Judy Carney. Heartland Music will be on hand to provide interactive musical entertainment for toddlers and tykes. A donation of $10 is suggested, with all monies to be utilized by BCN for outreach, supplies and daily operations.
Current BCN president Cindy Lamb, herself a tenured doula (labor assistant) since 1999, created Doulapalooza as a more relaxed, fun and family-friendly complement to the group’s annual Birth in the Bluegrass Conference. Doulapalooza is designed to provide information for prospective parents-to-be, but also to provide a celebratory atmosphere for those who are already parents to reunite with their doctors, midwives, doulas and other support professionals, and to raise general awareness (and funds) within the entire community. The first two highly successful Doulapalooza events were held at the Bluegrass Brewing Company, but Lamb hopes the move to Willow Park will create a picnic atmosphere the entire family can enjoy. Snacks and beverages will be available for those who arrive without their own picnics. There will also be raffle prizes.
“It’s become a party with extra empowerment” said Lamb. “Birth Care Network has a lot of goals intended to help women discover the birth options they deserve, but on this particular Sunday evening, our mission is to enjoy each others’ company and experience.”
More information about Doulapalooza can be found on their website at www.birthcarenetwork.com/news.html.