My name is Mali. A lot of people here call me Pear and that's fine with me!
I am a crunchy earthmama, but not all the time.
I love knitting, sewing, costuming, making mixed tapes, and collages.
I take pictures a lot.
I'm a hippie, kind, judgmental, uppity, out-spoken, honest, accepting, sometimes hypocritical, pro-choice, a cultural feminist, an environmentalist and fair-minded. I believe in naturopathy, eating organic foods, breastfeeding, massage therapy, cloth diapering, unassisted childbirth, doulaing, agreeing to disagree, respecting others...the list goes on.
I swear enough to make sailors cry. I like porn, but also corsets. And also porn with corsets.
My beliefs are closer to Shinto and Norse Paganism than anything else, but I believe that Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha and Moses were all real people who would probably be really miffed if they came back to day and saw what had been going on in their absence. Really, I believe in a little bit of everything. The right "tool" for the right "job!"
If there's anything in the list above that you CANNOT DEAL WITH, I suggest not reading this LJ. Seriously. You'll just think I'm a dirty, crazy, hippie lady and you'll want to claw your eyes out.
If you're FOR all those things OR at least have the decency to respect other people's intelligently made choices, then pull up a monitor and welcome!
Secondly, go visit my "YARN JOURNAL" aka yarny_bits
There you may purchase (or ogle from afar) handpainted yarn from Hawthorne Home Yarn and occasionally things made from the aforementioned yarn.
I also have tutorials and patterns up for everything from knit hats to to dice bags to how to make wool dreadlocks!
Here for the Art/Photography? Most of it has moved to pear_art
If you like icons, you might want to join my icons community: pear_icons
I've been a birth doula since 2000 and a postpartum doula since 1998. I got most of my training from Seattle Midwifery school (I've also taken the assorted "when survivors of abuse give birth" classes.) I'm a certified CBE. I've done home, birth-center & hospital births. (I have also done a large % of my births with teen mothers or women who are giving their babies up for adoption.) I'm perfectly comfortable with VBACs, Homebirths etc. I have no problems with things that are considered "high risk."
I charge on a sliding scale for both Birth and Postpartum work. I would much rather get paid less and have someone have a doula than go without because of money. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or pass my email on to anyone who's doula-hunting. If I'm not the right match for you, then I am sure I can recommend someone who is. My doulamatch profile is HERE and my Doula/Birth website is http://www.bellyandbunting.com
I'm happy to answer any birth/pregnancy/breast-feeding/fertility questions anyone has to the best of my ability.
Many references available upon request or you can read the testimonials on either site.