Friday, April 22, 2016

NEWS RELEASE:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE          
Minneapolis Author Named a Finalist 
in the 26th Annual Midwest Book Awards
Minnesota: The 26th Annual Midwest Book Awards has recognized Ma Doula: a Story Tour of Birth by Stephanie Sorensen as a finalist in the category of family & parenting.
Winners will be announced at the Midwest Book Awards Gala to be held on May 13, 2016, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Olson Campus Center at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The competition, sponsored by the Midwest Independent Publishing Association, is judged by experts from all aspects of the book world, including publishers, writers, editors, librarians, teachers and book designers. They select award winners and finalists based on overall excellence.
From the author: My books are about the courageous men and women from across the planet who have fled war, torture, famine and genocide. They come here with hope. They dare to hope that they can once more live in peace. They dare to fall in love again, dare to have babies again and provide a better life for their families. They come from every country and background imaginable; from Africa, Asia – Laos, Vietnam, China, Thailand, the South Pacific, Mongolia, Burma, Europe and South America. Against all odds they have landed here, bringing absolutely nothing with them... but hope.

My books are not about my life. They are about these amazing survivors starting over, from scratch. They invite me to witness some of their most intimate moments, like the birth of their babies. My job is to help them navigate the impossibly complex world of the American medical system. With each one I try to create a safe environment for them, so that they can access their own power and wisdom from within in order to birth this particular child.
“It is thrilling to see so many talented authors and publishers of high quality books in the Midwest,” said Midwest Book Awards Chair Sherry Roberts. “I look forward to the Gala, where we will be recognizing the achievements of all the finalists and winners as well as celebrating the strength and vitality of independent publishing in the Midwest.”

About MIPA 
Midwest Independent Publishing Association serves the Midwest publishing community to promote excellence in publishing in the Midwest. Through educational programming and other cooperative efforts, MIPA helps members learn more about publishing and book production, promotion and marketing. MIPA also provides networking opportunities for publishers, both new and experienced, to learn from each other.
 MIPA serves a 12-state region: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Blessings,   
Stephanie

Friday, April 8, 2016

Parent magazine!

We did it! Ma Doula is featured this month in Minnesota Parent Magazine. International Doula Magazine had a lovely spread about the book in their winter issue. I will be signing copies of my book on April 23rd at the MIPA Vendor Fair in Roseville. Hoping to see you there!
Blessings,
Stephanie

Friday, July 24, 2015

Mark your calendars, your phones, your websites! 

August 12th, at 7 p.m. 
At Everyday Miracles
1121 Jackson St. N.E. 
Minneapolis, MN 

See movie Birth Story and book signing after. 

Suggested donation: $20 includes movie and a signed first edition copy of Ma Doula: A Story Tour of Birth.

Go to Everyday Miracles’ website to purchase advance tickets. Tickets will also be sold at the door. 





We hope to see you there!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

TODAY in Minneapolis!

Ma Doula: A Story Tour of Birth - the book is born!
My first Minneapolis book signing! 
At Moon Palace Books 2 p.m. TODAY!  Saturday, July 11th
Address: 2820 E 33rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

Blessings,
Stephanie Sorensen

Saturday, June 13, 2015

My first book signing at the St. Cloud, Minnesota Art Crawl yesterday






Our book has been born!











Below: L to R, Patricia Morris, my editor AKA fairy godmother (who else makes dreams come true?) center: Corrine Dwyer, publisher from North Star Press, and me, making believe I am a real author.



It kinda feels like my first day at kindergarten did....


A MUST READ!
And now, my very favorite other book this month that you absolutely have to check out: The Woman Who Fell from the Sky: An American Woman's Adventures in the Oldest City on Earth  by Jennifer Steil. A gifted writer, Steil surprised me with her brilliant and candid writing… and her elegance. It is rare to find a first book this enticing. Writing with a journalist's eye for detail, Steil narrates the journey she and her staff of a Yemeni newspaper take together, sometimes endearing, but then at other times a volatile clash of two cultures. I was immediately drawn into her story, so different and so original from many of the works being published here and abroad today. A truly refreshing change, The Woman Who Fell from the Sky definitely made me want to immediately order her next book, even before I turned the last page. I am not sure where Ms. Steil has been hiding all these years, but I am glad I have discovered her at last. I think I can expect the same exacting precision of writing in her next book. I cannot wait until The Ambassador's Wife arrives! 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Ma Doula: A Story Tour of Birth has arrived!!

To order: https://www.northstarpress.om/store/c19/2015_Titles.html and then go to Memoir. Also note that if you use the coupon code NewBooks, you get 10% off all 2015 titles. $14.95 Author: Stephanie Sorensen

From Ina May Gaskin:
"Ma Doula is a wonderful book for parents-to-be who love birth stories that provide a look at the great range of what can happen during pregnancy, labor and birth. It’s an incomparable resource for doulas, especially those who work with immigrant communities. Stephanie Sorensen is a brilliant storyteller. Her book is full of wisdom and tenderness.” ~ Ina May Gaskin, America’s leading midwife; author of Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta

Other reviews:
“I loved this book. Stephanie Sorensen's compassion and intelligence make Ma Doula a feast for both mind and heart as she weaves the best of birthing wisdom into the real stories of mothers and their babies in multicultural Minneapolis. I am grateful to the brave, honest women I met on the pages of this marvelous book.” –Mary Johnson, author, An Unquenchable Thirst; creative director of retreats, A Room of Her Own Foundation (AROHO)

“This is a wonderful book with real stories. And I mean ‘real’ in many ways. Of course they are ‘real’ in being true, attesting to an amazingly rich experience. But they are ‘real’ also in the sense that they collectively portray what is our ‘real’ biology, which we are in danger of losing in our technologically oriented world. Along the way, Stephanie provides all the connections to the ‘real’ world we live in. . . . Stephanie shares all this with us in an amazingly ‘real’ way, story after story with wonderful detail. This is ‘real’ and normal birth, how birth should really be.”
–Dr. Nils Bergman, specialist in perinatal neuroscience; co-founder, Kangaroo Mother Care movement; co-author, Hold Your Premie, Cape Town South Africa

From the editor: 
Midwife-turned-author, Stephanie Sorensen seems to swim seamlessly through cultures, religions, superstitions, raw fear and ecstasy to the first breath of a new baby. She knows and believes how birth works and invites her readers to join her, taking us on a tour to the innermost workings of another world. She lives among one of the most diverse populations on earth, and has given birth to a book that takes us on a bizarre journey, giving us a rare, intimate glimpse into her daily life. With graphic prose we enter with her into the Land of Birth. Midwife, mother, grandmother, doula, world traveler and author, Sorensen lives and breathes birth. Stephanie can usually be found traipsing the streets of Minneapolis on her way to one of her clients’ homes. She has five children scattered around the world, grandchildren, and over a thousand babies she calls her own, even when she cannot pronounce their names correctly. With stories so graphic you will feel your own contractions again, she guides us through her world of Amish bedrooms, hospital labor rooms, birthing suites, and operating theaters. Get your scrubs on. It's time to push!

Scroll down to see some chapters from all of my books.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

What my books are NOT about....

My books are not about myself. They are about the courageous men and women from across the planet who have fled war, torture, famine and genocide. They come here with hope. They dare to hope that they can once more live in peace. They dare to fall in love again, dare to make babies again and dream of providing a better life for their families.

They come from every country and background imaginable; from Africa, Asia, the South Pacific, Mongolia, Burma, Europe and South America. Against all odds they have landed here, bringing absolutely nothing with them... but hope.

My books are not about my life. They are about these amazing survivors starting over, from scratch. They invite me to witness some of their most intimate moments, like the birth of their
babies. My job is to help them navigate the impossibly complex world of the American medical system. With each one I try to create a safe environment for them, so that they can access their
own power and wisdom from within in order to birth this particular child.

My books are not about me. Yes, I get to be part of their lives and rejoice with them. I often get to visit their homes, eat their food and kiss their beautiful babies, but this is not about ME. Sometimes I also cry with them. The last time was when I accompanied a woman from Ghana into the operating room for a C-section. Her twin babies were showing signs of distress. They needed to be born NOW. 



Two plump beautiful brown baby girls who both carried a rare genetic syndrome; the incidence is only 1 in every 15,000 births—and they both have it. They will be disabled for the rest of their lives, but their brave parents love them dearly.

My books are not the story of my life. So why has Ma Doula: A Story Tour of Birth been allowed to be listed in the Barnes and Nobel catalogue as biography and memoir? They should be under transcultural medical care, intercultural communication, childbirth, doula, midwifery, health, and parenting. I have sent this letter to my publisher to get to the distributor to fix it. 

Stay tuned! Ma Doula will be ready to order on May 1st. You can order through Barnes and Nobel or Amazon, though they don't have the cover we decided on in the end, or North Star Press, St. Cloud, MN.