This Labor Day, women, men and children gathered in over 100 cities in the U.S. to support evidenced based maternity care as part of Improving Birth: National Rally for Change. In Jacksonville, Florida, we stood in front of Memorial Hospital (whose c-section rate is 44%) in like-minded & hearted togetherness. Each has their own story, their own reason for being there, but we all agree on one thing: we want CHANGE.
It’s not about imposing one way for every mother to give birth. We stood together to raise awareness that there are options beyond epidural or no epidural, to bring to light that women must educate themselves on birth interventions and options.
So many medical procedures have become routine (used without being indicated) and we have moved further and further away from nature. Evidence does not support induction with no medical necessity, automatic repeat cesarean, continuous fetal monitoring, restricted movement and IV fluids, yet these are all commonplace.
This overuse of intervention is like throwing a wrench into the system and it is not without consequence.
We want pregnant mothers to know that they can trust birth and that a gentle, evidence-based birth has potential to shape the relationship to their bodies and protect the optimal growth of their newborn. And it can be a source of life-altering empowerment.
This is the change we want to see. Powerful women accessing their birth wisdom to participate fully in all decisions and actions in relation to their pregnancy and birth. It felt so good to take to the streets with women across the country, knowing that we are a part of something bigger than any one of us could do alone.
We take to the streets with an understanding that all real change begins within ourselves. After many of us rallied, we joined Stephanie Dawn for the Sacred Birth Be-in because we recognize that “if a new paradigm of birth is to be born, it begins first with our own conscious awareness.”
I sat in awe after the first prayer & meditation that we have the tools to connect globally for the good of humanity.
If you are pregnant woman wanting to educate yourself, one good place to start online is www.childbirthconnection.org. Consider hiring a doula for emotional, physical and informational support 🙂
If you are a birth professional, you can register up until September 9th for the Sacred Birth Be-In (click on the link above), and check out all the events for Empowered Birth Awareness Week, including BOLD’s Virtual Town Hall.