Written by Anna Van Wagoner.
Change is brewing. Revolution is in the air. This coming Labor Day women and men in over 100 communities across the U.S. are coming together to demand that hospitals increase their practice of evidence based maternity care, as part of the Improving Birth National Rally for Change. Most of these rallies will take place in front of a local hospital. However there are some unique locations such as the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC and the headquarters of the American Medical Association in Chicago, IL.
The founder of Improving Birth, Dawn Thompson, participated in our First Annual Birth Activist Retreat. At the retreat we decided that this event would be the first of many coordinated actions we would promote and organize as a collective of birth activists. When people all over the country stand together and speak in unison the message can not be ignored. There is power in unity. We can change maternity care. This rally is the first step.
Every hospital that is being honored as a rally site has received a friendly letter introducing Improving Birth and encouraging them to make concrete changes that will improve the care they provide. Most of the hospitals were chosen for their high cesarean rates. The rallies will let the hospitals know that the families they serve are ready for change. We are ready to be their partners in making this change happen. We will not give up!
Where’s My Midwife? Is proud to be a National Sponsor of this event. We hope you will attend a rally near you. This truly is the beginning of a full scale birth revolution! Don’t miss your opportunity to be part of history!