Creates handmade fertility bracelets, nursing necklaces, goddess necklaces, amber necklaces and birth jewelry with natural, healing gemstones.
As a doula and mother of three, supporting and celebrating pregnancy, birth & breastfeeding is my passion…
I’ve enjoyed working with Jacquelyn, an active and vital member of The Leaky Boob community both here and on Facebook. Jacquelyn has been an incredible support for The Leaky Boob and I’m thrilled to share you with you the opportunity to get to know her a little bit more in the following interview.
TLB: What would you like The Leaky Boob readers to know about you?
I am a mama of three children who have grown much too fast… I have a thirteen year old boy, a nine year old girl and my baby just turned five. All breastfed until they weaned themselves, and I actually need to go out and buy a non-nursing bra now. I nursed for almost 12 years total. Weaning can be very hard on mama – I need to make myself a weaning bracelet!
I’m a doula and have a Certificate in Breastfeeding Counselling from Douglas College. I attended my first birth when I was six months pregnant, and started my breastfeeding training when my oldest was 2 months old. We learned everything together.
I am also a reiki master, part-time writer, an herbalist & aromatherapist in the wise woman tradition, wife, sci-fi geek, chai tea enthusiast, moonwise woman and wild mother!
TLB: What was the path that led you to start Wild Mother Arts?
Wild Mother Arts has grown naturally out of my love for celebrating and supporting women’s rites of passage. I started by creating jewelry for mother blessings (also called blessingways) for my friends and doula clients. Making special pieces for them to wear during labor and birth was so fulfilling that it became a passion for me just like birth, and now I make jewelry that is practical and meaningful from the first visit to the red tent to fertility, birth, breastfeeding and beyond. I’m planning on branching out this year – I’m writing a book, an e-course, and have some other projects on the horizon, too.
TLB: How has your breastfeeding experience impacted you?
In so many ways. I knew I wanted to breastfeed. I thought I was prepared. I had midwives, went to LLL meetings, talked to people, read all the books… and at the beginning it was the most challenging experience of my life. And I did it. I nursed for nearly 12 years and it was a very healing experience for me. I’m hoping to write more about my experiences soon.
TLB: What is your favorite breastfeeding tip?
Create a circle of wise women who have nursed their babies that you can call anytime, or who can visit you in those first few months. Surrounding yourself with supportive people is so important. And if you can’t find that where you live, join a virtual circle of wise women like The Leaky B@@b! Whenever and wherever you can get the support and information you need to succeed.
Jacquelyn is generously giving away 3 beautiful nursing necklaces to 3 lucky winners!
A nursing necklace is worn by mamas while breastfeeding to capture baby’s attention when they get to the distracted phase of nursing, and to discourage pinching, tugging, or twiddling on mama! These necklaces are strong, colorful and lend themselves to being fiddled with. They are also stylish and fun on their own. They can also make for easier diaper changes, and are perfect for babywearing, too. I have one of Jacquelyn’s necklaces and I love it! Sturdy, strong, comfortable and stylish it has kept Smunchie entertained and my boobies from getting pinched!
The Mamalove necklace is made with rose quartz which is considered to be the stone of love, fertility and compassion. It is said to promote kindness, healing, self-love and encourage peace and calm.
The Daisychain necklace is a beautiful Millefiore glass donut dressed up with a Tierracast lead-free pewter bead. It practically glows in the sunshine, and is perfect for lazy spring and summer days.
The Amber Mother’s Necklace is made with genuine Baltic amber. Amber is very popular as a teething and calming remedy for babies, and mama can wear this pendant while she is nursing to offer baby a chance to fiddle with the amber and soak up some of that goodness!
To enter to win one of the 3 necklaces, please leave a comment on this post stating which necklace you’re hoping to win. This entry is REQUIRED in order to be entered for a chance and the giveaway.
For 1 additional entry (limit 2 entries per person) go “like” Wild Mother Arts on Facebook, let her know TLB sent you and return to comment here stating you liked them on Facebook for your second entry. If you already like Wild Mother Arts on Facebook just leave a second comment (must be a second comment to be counted) letting me know you already like them.
That’s it – two simple tasks and you’re entered for a chance at a great giveaway. Thanks to Jacquelyn for her generous giveaway and sponsorship of The Leaky Boob, providing support for breastfeeding moms everywhere. This giveaway will remain open through April 26st, 2011. Good luck and have fun!
This giveaway is open to international entries.
This giveaway is now closed.
Congratulations to Melissa Hergert! – Amber
“All the necklaces are so beautiful and any one of them would be a treasure to win…Im breastfeeding my 4 month old daughter Mila and I think she would enjoy the amber necklace the most..:)”
Congratulations Lindsay B. – Quartz
“Ooh, hard to choose between the quartz and the amber! Probably would like the amber more…”
Congratulations Misty! – Daisychain
“I love the quarts and the daisychain!!!!! They are all beutiful!”
Thanks to Wild Mother Arts for this beautiful giveaway!
And for all the readers of The Leaky Boob, Jacquelyn is offering a 15% discount which will be live up to and including Mother’s Day – May 8th. The code is: LEAKYBOOBLOVE. Enjoy!