women who shine!

Do you know a woman who shines? Maybe someone that inspires you or is making a difference in the world around her. Maybe someone that fights for change or helps others or has started their own business. Whatever the¬†reason, tell the world about her and why she shines! For me, I easily thought of someone that has made a profound difference in my life–even though she probably didn’t even know it–and clearly does the same for many other women. She makes a difference.


Desirre Andrews is an advocate for women and better birth and she truly does it all. She’s a childbirth educator, labor doula, blogger, breastfeeding advocate, and midwife-in-training. But she doesn’t stop there–she’s active online, volunteering her time to help women and offer support across the country, even hosting a weekly doula party on twitter. Desirre also served as the ICAN president (International Cesarean Awareness Network) and is a public speaker to motivate for change and raise awareness about maternity care in the US.

After my own traumatic birth, Desirre was one of the first to reach out to me online, as we are states apart, and I am a better person for knowing her. From her encouragement and guidance, I started my own local ICAN chapter and I know many others whose lives have been touched by Desirre. Her passion for helping women and improving birth is contagious. She truly shines and makes those around her shine!

women who shine

On Yahoo!’s Women Who Shine contest, you can nominate a woman that you believe deserves the $10K prize. Yes… $10,000. Of course I think you should go vote for Desirre ūüėČ — it only takes one quick CLICK! — but I’d love to read more stories about more amazing women! What an inspiration they all are! Voting ends Oct 29th!

The categories for the contest are: activist, athlete, entrepreneur, healer, mother, public service, survivor, and teacher. Check it out on twitter, pinterest, and facebook:

~disclosure: I was compensated for this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. To read more posts on this topic, click here.

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