Sacramento Improving Birth Rally
Giving birth to my first child in February drastically changed my views on childbirth and maternity care. You don’t really think about it until you are living it. You go out and buy all the books and do all the research. You desperately ask your mom friends about their experiences. And most of the time you believe your care provider has your best interests at heart. They must, right? They’re the doctors after all…
But what I’ve come to discover through my own experience and from hearing those of many other moms, is that is not always the case. Our maternity care system is in crisis, with so many women receiving non-evidence based care. Some providers can be downright abusive and disrespectful, worrying more about their bottom line, (insurance malpractice, etc), rather than the health and well being of both moms and babies.
I am still so grateful for the birth that I did have thanks to research, a supportive husband and awesome doula and switching hospitals while I was 35 weeks pregnant. It still scares me the birth that I could have had if I had stayed put.
9 out of 10 women receive care that increases, rather than decreases, the risks of harm to them and their babies (see www.ImprovingBirth.com/the-evidence-shows). That is a really scary statistic! And we so often just assume, well this is how it’s always been and so this is how it’s going to continue to be. Luckily, Sutter Davis does practice evidence based care, and I was able to labor with no IV, intermittent monitoring and in a birthing tub, and deliver my daughter standing up, because that’s what was right for us. This should be standard. Women should be able to give birth in a safe, respected environment that supports birth as a natural healthy process and not a medical procedure or sickness.
Because of the experience I had and the empowerment I felt from having my daughter, I am now studying to be a certified childbirth educator, postpartum doula and eventually (when my kids are older) birth doula. I am so passionate about helping women and their babies, and I am so excited to be supporting Improving Birth’s efforts.
What I really love about Improving Birth is that they are not telling women to birth in any specific way – natural, epidural, pain killers, C-section, standing on your head, whatever. Instead they are empowering women to take control of their birthing experiences and supporting women in healing from traumatic birth experiences. It’s an amazing organization!
The Sacramento chapter of Improving Birth will be hosting a fun run and maternity fair on Labor Day in Rusch Park in Citrus Heights. I would love it if you would join us in not only supporting women in our region to have amazing birth experiences, but to stand simultaneously with thousands of people in over 100 cities around the country, in peaceful, family-oriented gatherings, for the 2014 third annual Rally to Improve Birth.
The rally will take place September 1st 9am-1pm in Rusch Park and you can register for the event here.