Genital Integrity Awareness Week 2019




Registration and Sponsorship also at:

Genital Integrity Awareness Week 2019 takes place March 28-April 3 and we need your help to make this year's Washington D.C. event a powerful one! As advocates travel to D.C. to participate, and floods of tourists the world over gather in D.C. for the height of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, we strive to have intact materials on hand to reach a large number of people at our nation's capitol. These are items that parents and professionals, young and old, from all backgrounds and locations in life will want to take home with them for further review. Making this happen takes a significant amount of planning, organization, and resources on the part of many people, and it also takes financial support.


If you have never been to GIAW in D.C., here's a quick snapshot of a day's event:

We are standing with a dozen others in front of the U.S. Capitol, with giant pro-intact signs that draw people in, and can be seen from the streets all around the Capitol's bus route. A group of 200 senior high students come up, interested in what we have to share. Teachers shuffle students along for group photos, and we have mere minutes to plant seeds of information, respond to quick questions, and get interesting materials into hands of these future parents -- materials they eagerly take with them because their curiosity is spiked! Students grab things to take back on the bus (bracelets, cards, stickers, buttons), and look things up on their phone on their way to their next destination... This happens every single hour. Multiple times a day. Sun-up to sun-down. The need is great for GIAW. The impact is monumental. And we need your support in this important effort.

We will also be hosting two booths with free materials on the West Lawn:

The Men's Health table includes a variety of restoration devices for men to hold, learn about, and explore their options; information on adult sexual health, and the impact that genital cutting and restoration has on adult men and their partners.

The Baby Health table includes instruments used in infant circumcision, information on the purposes of the foreskin, intact care materials, and resources for parents to pass on to friends and their home care provider. This table also has items for our young visitors because families who stop to talk often have children who want things of their own (child sized bracelets, stickers, bubbles, coloring pages, flags, hats, etc.).


Business Sponsors: Please include a note with your GIAW contribution and your organization name/URL that you'd like to have linked (website, Facebook page, etc.). With your support of $100 or more, we invite you to provide an image/logo or coupon to be shared with the community at large. Email this to SavingSons@gmail.com, or we will create one for you. Your business or group will be featured at at the main GIAW website, at DrMomma.org, and at SavingSons.org, as well as with social media circles of Peaceful ParentingSaving Our Sons, The Intact NetworkGIAW, Intact State Chapters, and be permanently linked at Genital Integrity Awareness Week and found on Google.

GIAW Sponsors:  2019  |  2018  |  2017  |  2016  |  2015  |  2014  |  2013

Individuals: If you are sponsoring in honor of someone, we invite you to include a message with your gift and it will be included below. Individual sponsors will be listed by first name, last initial only for privacy.

Supporters: All supporting GIAW 2019 with your gift of any amount will receive commemorative vinyl decals with additional intact awareness stickers to plant in your area, if a mailing address is provided. For GIAW sponsors giving $25 or more, a registration pack (below) will be shipped, or can be picked up in DC.

Support on Etsy, or by PayPal, or by mail (below). Include a note with your address and selection choices, or email this to SavingSons@gmail.com

Registration and Thank You packs include:

• 5 GIAW 2019 / Child Abuse Prevention Month vinyl decal stickers (3x3 inches)
• 1 GIAW 2019 commemorative button
• 5 American Circumcision and 5 Elephant in the Hospital waterproof, vinyl stickers for seed-planting in your area
• 1 intact bracelet of your choice (view options)
• 1 intact pen of your choice (view options)
• Set of 25 vinyl stickers or professionally made cards of your choice (see sticker options here | see card options here
* If attending GIAW and picking up in DC: intact water bottle - or add $5 more to your donation to cover extra shipping and include a note that you'd like the water bottle 


On behalf of the next generation of babies to be born, and the adults they will become -
Thank you for supporting GIAW!




By Mail:
Saving Our Sons
P.O. Box 1302
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

PayPal Friends/Family To:
(no PayPal fee withdrawn)
SavingSons@gmail.com


GIAW 2019 Organization Sponsors
Please visit and support these intact-friendly businesses and groups!

NORM: National Organization of Restoring Men
NORM.org | Facebook | Twitter

Moon Bunny Arts
hand crafted custom designs for birth, babies, and beyond
Etsy | Facebook

Intact Virginia
Public Chapter | Group for Virginia Residents

Intact New Hampshire
Public Chapter | Group for New Hampshire Residents


Peaceful Parenting Tennessee
If you're in the state of Tennessee, join us!


Individual GIAW 2019 Supporters
Thank you greatly for your generosity and support!

★ Kirk C.
A very special thank you to Kirk for sponsoring 50% of all GIAW 2019 expenses!

★ Michael M., Intact Pride

★ Daniel A., Intact Muslim Network

★ Christina H., Intact Virginia

★ Michelle P.

★ Robert B.

★ Deborah S.

★ Joe P.

★ Frederick F.

★ Elana J., Intact Jewish Network

★ Karen H.

★ Wendy B.

★ Sean B.

★ Marc D. 

★ Elizabeth M. 

★ Danelle D.
"In honor of my healthy, happy, whole children,
and the future men we will save who will be 'born perfect' as babies this year!"

★ David Wilson, GIAW Founder

★ Ryan L.

Brittany W.
"#SaveAllTheBabies!! πŸ™πŸ‘ΆπŸΌπŸ™πŸ‘ΆπŸΌπŸ™"

★ Justin L.

★ Russell S.
"I hope to one day see a world where we no longer suffer under genital mutilation. I can't afford much, as I am fighting my own battles, but I hope this helps bring us closer to a pain free future. Free from depression, resentment, suicidal thoughts, and shame. Keep fighting the good fight, for those of us who can't."


★ Nancy J.

★ Jennifer R.

★ Julie V.

Happily Nursing!

★ Amanda A.

★ Jill K.

★ Heidi B.

★ Dolores S.

★ Luke O.

★ Lindsey J.

★ Jenifer M.
"Thank you all for working so hard for this important cause!"

★ Brittany C.

★ David B.

★ Lauren W.

★ Faith R.

* Sponsors of the Silent Survivors Stand *
(circumstraints we're adding this year)

★ Roger D.
A big thank you to Roger for donating the funds needed to add 2 additional (used) circumstraints to the Silent Survivors Stand (to be used at expos across the nation throughout the rest of the year as well)!

★ Robert J.
A very special Thank You to Robert for donating funds needed for one full (used) circumstraint!

★ Kirk C.
Sincere Thank You to Kirk for donating funds needed for one full (used) circumstraint!

★ Christina H.

★ Michelle P.

★ Adrienne C.

★ Charles W.

★ Noelle L., Intact Tennessee / Intact Tennessee group for those in-state

 ★ Gini M., Intact Nebraska / Intact Nebraska group for those in-state

★ Amber C., Intact Houston / Intact Texas group for those in-state

★ Gingi Freeman Photography in Visalia, CA: GingiFreemanPhotography.com

★ Graham R.

 ★ Eli S.

* Sponsors of Intact-Info Flags *

THURSDAY (GIAW Kick-off:
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Amber A. - Thursday AM Flags
 πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Rebecca W. - portion of Thursday PM Flags
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Andrea A. - portion of Thursday PM Flags

 FRIDAY:
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Tara D. - Friday AM Flags
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Angela B. - Friday PM Flags

 SATURDAY (Capitol & White House):
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Joe P. - all Saturday's Flags

 GIAW MARCH U.S. Capitol -- White House:
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Elizabeth L. - all Flags for Marching

 SUNDAY (and the GA Clothesline event):
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Rebecca W. - all Sunday's Flags

 MONDAY (and the Silent Survivors Stand):
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Janet M. - all Monday's Flags

 TUESDAY (and 'Kids Day'):
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Kirk C. - all Tuesday's Flags

 WEDNESDAY (GIAW 2019 Final Day):
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Kirk C. - All Wednesday's Flags

 FLAG STICKER SPONSORS
(3,000 vinyl waterproof stickers, 2 per flag) 
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Christina H. - portion of Flag Vinyl Stickers
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Ryan L. - portion of Flag Vinyl Stickers
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ  Chad R. - remaining need for Flag Vinyl Stickers
"In support of friend, Shane Brewster."



* KIDS' SIGNS! * 
Unless we reach full funding, we cannot purchase new kids signs this year. If your children borrow a sign at GIAW for the march, PLEASE return it to David's wagon so that they can be used through the rest of the GIAW week, and at rallies in the future. If you'd like to keep the sign you carry, replacements are $20 that can be given to David Wilson, Danelle Day, Karen Glennon, Christina Heydecke, Nick Baade, or Brian Brown. Thank you!


Allocation of GIAW 2019 Funds
(please help us reach our needed goal to stock GIAW 2019!) 

$600 new giant banners for self-standing on each side of the Capitol West Wall, and signage that will continue to be used throughout the year for rallies, expos, events, and future GIAW dates. We especially need 2 new giant vinyl banners with positive, pro-intact messages; we need to replace PVC frames for most of the banners at GIAW this year (approximately $20 per banner to build), and we need a few new signs appropriate for children. Kids love to participate alongside their parents and need fun, age-fitting signs. 

$700 professionally printed materials to give away at GIAW 2019. This week-long event functions as an expo, with booths of items that are entirely free for the public, meeting with people across the West Lawn from sun-up to sun-down each day for 7 days. Having enough well respected, quality literature on hand is crucial to GIAW's success. 

$400 flags for passing out each day during GIAW, as well as along the march route, and giving away at the White House. Each flag will have intact information attached to it on both sides. Flags are *very* popular in DC, at the Capitol, and White House, and frequently chaperone groups who will not allow students to take other materials from GIAW leaders will allow them to accept and take home flags, a hat, or bracelet (getting intact material into their hands). It is important to have enough flags (with stickers attached to each one) for every day during GIAW.

$650 bracelets, buttons, water bottles, and baseball caps to give away throughout the week. These items are key in that they are the most requested items, especially by students - tomorrow's parents. We need materials that young people desire to hold onto, take home with them, and spark interest enough to check out the websites/share with friends. Awareness is key! 

$50 two full-color, full-page books of intact celebrities - one for the men's health booth, and one for the front West Wall of the Capitol where the most conversations take place.

$500 to add additional (used/not supporting the manufacture) circumstraints to the silent men's demonstration at the Capitol West Wall (see photo example below)

$100 demonstration glans/foreskin models (in multiple skin shades) to highlight the normal adhesion of the foreskin to the glans/shaft in infancy, and the probing, severing, and cutting that must take place for infant circumcision to be achieved. These models are highly useful in one-on-one or small group education at expo booths.

If GIAW funds are raised beyond those needed, we will have intact material packs available to go home with people (U.S. advocates, leaders, teachers, and international educators who visit the Capitol during GIAW often ask for packets they can take back home with them to share).  





Lanyard Options to Select From:
• Royal Blue: Genital Autonomy is a Human Right
• Violet: All Babies are Born Perfect
• Hot Pink: Foreskin is Fun & Functional
• Deep Aqua Blue: Boys are Not Born Broken

GIAW 2019 Buttons





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Practice Self Love

By Sarah Nicole Landry


A year ago I never could have posted this.

No way. No how. This was my shame. This was my horror.

But today, I have no hesitation. No nerves. No “oh my gosh what will they say?”

Just peace.

Because I understand now. I understand that this is just the human body.

This is a body that has carried three amazing children.

This is a body that has been a range of weights swinging 110lbs in difference.

This is a body that used to feel worthless and now feels strong.

This is a body that needs to be fed with love, attention, kindness and good food.

This is a body, and through PRACTICE and EFFORT and EXERCISE in self care, I have grown to love.

This is a body that I will use to help show others that they are not alone in their bodies.

My friends, this is your life. This is your body. Whether you’re tall or small, curvy or striped, this is you.

And you are beautiful!

And it takes time to grasp these things. It’s not something that you SUDDENLY magically feel ok with, but the effort in hate is more draining that the effort in love.

So, practice. Because it took years of words, pictures of perfection and endless comparisons to create the voice inside your head to where it is today, and now it’s time to redirect. Now it’s time to fill it with new words, new pictures, and valuable connections. Now it’s time to live. Really live. With peace, and understanding. And a love that will not just fill you, but pour into others. Spreading the truths for more to know. πŸ”… That self love, it’s so worth it. So, practice. ❤️

-The Birds Papaya 

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IG: https://www.instagram.com/thebirdspapaya


Related Groups

Birthing: FB.com/groups/Birthing
Pregnant Moms Due This Year: FB.com/groups/DueDateGroup
Peaceful Parenting Community: FB.com/groups/ExplorePeacefulParenting
Public Peaceful Parenting Page: FB.com/PeacefulParenting

Photograph from The Honest Body Project


How to calm an upset baby




Upset baby? Some of the most tried-and-true ways to meet a baby's needs when s/he needs love, comfort, security, snuggling and just to be calm and close to a loving parent.

#1 - Breastfeed! When in doubt, whip 'em out. Breastfeeding is perfect for more than just hunger or thirst needs -- human babies, as part of the carry mammal group, need to nurse for a baseline level of development and secure attachment.

#2 - Have skin to skin time with your baby. Nothing is more soothing and regulating for temperature, hormones, and respiration.

#3 - Babywear. Let friends and family know that you'd like a quality wrap or carrier (Moby Wrap, or similar stretchy wrap for snuggly newborn months; or a Kinderpack, Lillebaby, or Tula for heavier/older babies). This allows a parent to have two free hands, while keeping baby safe and snuggled in their natural habitat - close to a parent's beating heart.

#4 - Dance with your baby. Babies love (and need!) gentle, swaying, calm motion. This not only assists in core strength and development, but soothes a little one who was used to growing up for 9-10 months inside with the constant motion of mom's body. Couple babywearing with dancing, and you've got the perfect pair!

#5 - Sing to your baby. Your baby knows your voice from all their time inside, and this is another centering, calming way to settle your little one. If you're currently pregnant, you can pick a sweet song you love and start singing it now, while baby is growing within -- your baby will recognize the tune when s/he arrives and it will be a fast way to calm while rocking, wearing, and dancing together in the moonlight.

#6 - Take a warm bath with your baby (water only - skip the soap as baby skin does best with only warm water). Your little one grew up close to you in water, and a warm water soak with mom (or dad) revisits this soothing state of being. Don't climb into the bath while holding baby - have a small bouncy chair, or even basket with towel next to the tub for baby to safely lay or sit in while you get in, and then gently lift baby into the water with you. A warm set of towels nearby will help with easy, gentle transfer into a bundle when you're ready to get out. Breastfeeding in the bath is heaven for little ones!

#7 - Take baby for a walk. Whether in a wrap or carrier, or in a stroller, taking a daily stroll with your little one allows for calming motion needs to be met, while slowly exposing your baby to the world around them. Even before they are able to understand, tell your baby stories about what you see on your walk; talk with them about what you encounter. This will stimulate baby's brain development, language comprehension, and double the soothing as your little one hears your voice along your walk.

#8 - Rock with your baby.

#9 - Go on a drive with your baby. While this is not the case for all, many babies enjoy the soothing hum and rhythm of riding in a comfortable car seat in the car. If this is the case with your baby, taking a drive (when you yourself are NOT too tired) can provide a break while calming music plays along the way.

#10 - Have a trusted friend or loving individual step in and implement the above soothing items. When you are taxed, tired, and need a break - for a nap, shower, or just to run errands solo, a mom's helper for even an hour or two can make a world of difference. This is especially the case for those mothering solo. You need a break too, and that's okay. Nurse baby right before, and right after, and ensure you have someone who takes over that is on board with being calming, gentle, and keeping your baby in-arms.


Additional tips and practical solutions for calming an upset baby can be found in Dr. Sears' The Fussy Baby Book. Dr. Linda Palmer also covers nutritional/gut health reasons for potential infant pain, reflux, "colic" and other underlying reasons for crying babies in her fantastic book, Baby Matters -- a must-read especially for breastfeeding mothers or those interested in the science behind infant health and development.




Natural Baby Bands for Hospital Birth


After hundreds of requests for a soft, stretchy, and reusable baby band for the newborn period, two are now available in cool colors (blues/purples) and warm colors (pinks/violets). Each baby band reads:

Cool Colors: 

NO Circumcision / NO Vaccines

Warm Colors: 

Keep Me By Mom / NO Vaccines

These baby bands are not "anti-vaccine" - rather, they are designed for families who must delay or forego vaccination during the immediate neonatal period for their individual baby's unique health situation. Each band will fit a baby's leg or ankle depending on baby's size. Find sizing examples by scrolling through photos at Etsy.

Baby bands are $4 each plus shipping. Each band comes with intact care materials (cool colors) or with general baby care materials (warm colors). Each band also arrives to you with an oversized New Baby Visitor Guide chart for posting, hanging, or laminating (pictured below).

Purchase either Natural Baby Band (cool or warm) with a special request personalization note when checking out at Etsy here.

Natural Baby Band - Cool Colors

Natural Baby Band - Warm Colors

New Baby Visitor Guide Chart




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