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About the Authors of Mother Rising

Yana Cortlund, Barb Lucke, and Donna Miller Watelet have been creating and leading blessingway rituals for more than ten years. A writer, former La Leche League leader, and interfaith minister, respectively, they are also mothers who have come together to support one another through many life passages, including motherhood.

Yana Cortlund

Yana Cortlund has been writing things down ever since she can remember. A mother of two very active young girls, she now writes things down so she can remember, and tends to write things down for other people as well. Yana holds a B.A. in Communication, and has written for the fashion, health food, and music industries. Her work has received both national and international awards from the Society of Technical Communication, and notable recognition from Foreword Magazine (2004 Book of the Year Award Finalist) and Independent Publisher (2005 IPPY Award Finalist). She is currently working on several children's books as well as a trilogy for young adult readers.

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Barb Lucke

Barb Lucke has been creating and facilitating sacred ceremonies, including birth blessingways, life passage rituals, and healing rituals, for over 10 years. It is her personal mission to inspire women everywhere to come together in sacred space to honor, celebrate, and support one another-especially through important life passages. Barb is mother to two amazing teenagers, a former La Leche League Leader, and currently offers postpartum care services to families in the Rochester, NY area. She also serves on the advisory board for Birthing the Future, and is actively involved with Woman Within International as the Director for the Upstate New York region.

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Donna Miller Watelet

Donna Miller Watelet has been a student of religion and spirituality since the 1970's. An independent, ordained minister for the past fifteen years, she specializes in performing meaningful, grace-filled wedding ceremonies designed to be deeply profound life passages. She has written for Nature's Wisdom magazine, published in Rochester, NY, and works with Rochester Psychotherapy and Counseling Associates, offering guidance on conscious living and relationships. Believing that we all share connection through the spirit inherent in everything, Donna celebrates life by living with joy while facilitating the personal growth of others through counseling and ritual.

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