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Meet Alison Jacobson, Executive Director of First Candle

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First Candle is dedicated to eradicating Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related infant deaths. Until the day comes when no infants die from sleep-related deaths, they will also continue their 35+ years of work educating caregivers and providing support to bereaved families of stillbirth and infant loss.

Why Support First Candle?

  1. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), other sleep-related infant deaths, and even stillbirth are often preventable
  2. First Candle works to educate all caregivers to prevent families from having to endure these tragedies
  3. When the worst does happen, First Candle provides bereavement support for grieving families

When getting to know a non-profit, I want to know their “why.” Why do they do what they do? Why does the leadership do what they do?

In this video, get to know Alison Jacobson, Executive Director of First Candle, and learn her “why.”

When I first told my mom the title of this blog, she looked at me incredulously and said, “Why undefining? Why not redefining?”

“Because motherhood is a role that’s been defined for far too many centuries,” I say. “And often not even by mothers themselves. It’s been prescribed and defined and changed and redefined so much that I don’t understand how anyone can feel authentic in their experience of it anymore. Not to co-opt another movement that’s happening right now, but time’s up. It’s time to learn to do this authentically, not according to prescription. For years, I’ve studied the history and theory of how motherhood has been defined, prescribed, turned into an institution with a set of rules. And I’m sick of it. It’s time to put that knowledge into action.”

“It’s perfect,” she replied.

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