We advocate for evidenced based care and humanity in childbirth.
Moms and babies should come first, but right now, our care is shaped by so many things other than what science has proven best for us.
Mothers have the right to make their own decisions about their care, full information, and safer options.
We have a gross misconception in this country that birth in the United States is safe, and overall it is, but it could be better. We spend more money on birth than any other country. Childbirth is the number one reason for hospitalization and cesarean is our number one surgery. Our outcomes, on the other hand, show a different story. We have some of the worst outcomes of any of our fellow industrialized nations, so this problem belongs to everyone, not just women. African American women are four times more likely to die from childbirth related causes, their children are more likely to be born too early or die during infancy. Of the women who have had a cesarean section to birth their babies, it’s estimated that as many as half are considered to have been “preventable”. Of those women, 9 out of 10 will have their future babies by cesarean as well.
Care is often determined by profit, convenience, and liability concerns. Many obstetric clinical guidelines and recommendations are based upon the lowest level of evidence. Nine out of 10 women receive care that increases, rather than decreases, the risk of harm to them and their babies. The big business of birth is built on our bodies and our babies, and it’s time our needs came first.
The rally isn’t about getting a “perfect birth,” it’s about being respected as an autonomous being during pregnancy and birth, that we as mothers know what’s best for us and our babies. Often times, full informed consent is swept under the rug in the name of “This is childbirth, we don’t’ have time!” Many women feel pressured and coerced into making decisions about their care that they otherwise wouldn’t have, had they been given all of the appropriate risks and benefits.
It’s time that we stand up for ourselves and others by bringing awareness and education to these issues.
Please consider joining us on September 1st at the state capitol in Columbia or here in Myrtle Beach at Grand Park at Market Commons on September 6th.