Monday, September 3, 2012 National Birth Rally for Change!

Today we woke up early for a long drive to the Improving Birth National Rally for Change. This rally was inclusive, non-political, non-religious and swept across the nation like crazy.

As I stood out there on the pavement, swaying back and forth to settle my baby down for a nap in the ergo, a rally attendee asked me, "If you had all home births, why are you here? This is about improving hospitals."

Isn't that one of the most common questions? I find that a lot of people assume simply because birth advocates (or science advocates in general) oppose routine interventions, or unscientific interventions, or interventions applied callously, that somehow this means we oppose ALL medicine, medical treatments and even "science" as a topic.

Something that has continually concerned me about the "birth movement" in general is the unintended insinuation that only the "low-risk, healthy, smart, rich, educated, career accomplished, confident, extroverted, lucky, married, white women" are allowed (notice that word) to have an evidence-based, peaceful, respectful and overall good birth experience. Everyone else, well, they're just SOL.

Nonsense. Every person, from every walk of life, in every circumstance, at every location, with every complication or unique twist in pregnancy/birth has a right to a respectful, evidence-based birth. Period. Even with some kind of catastrophic emergency where the medical staff rushes to save the mama and baby from imminent death, the procedures can still be evidence-based and the staff can still be genuine and provide respectful follow up care.

Wherever we give birth, however we give birth, with whomever we give birth, we deserve the caring application of evidence based methods. 

Our BIRTHS, our BABIES and our BODIES matter.

I had three babies at home. Today I stood with my fellow sisters, their families and our community and country as a whole to demand Evidence Based Birth for ALL.

See you next year!

Nursing before the big shindig.

My daughter adamantly wanted to stand with a sign.
It might have fallen into a puddle in the process, but she had a blast!

I slipped a t-shirt onto my ergo so I could share the message while babywearing.

Two involved boys!

Celebrating afterwards

Sanfis wanted to make sure men were included, too.
He says, "Fathers deserve respect and a chance to be involved with their partners and their children during the most important time of their lives."

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