Today, we sent a letter to the NC OB/GYN Society, asking them to sit down and discuss their resistance to allowing consumers access to midwives. If we do not get a meeting in place by next Monday, we may have to ‘kick it up a notch’ to let them know how important this issue is to the families of North Carolina. If they are going to use anecdotal ‘bad outcome’ stories to put pressure on the legislators of our state, we will use our own tactics to help them see that we are determined to improve maternity care by increasing access to midwives in every setting.
In eleven days, we will be hosting our first annual Birth Activist Retreat at the Farm in Tennessee. We have been blessed with the guidance of Rosemary Senjem in helping us to facilitate this meeting of the minds, and we could not be more excited about the possibilities. In order to really begin making a difference where maternity care is concerned, we believe a national, coordinated effort is in order. We have activists coming from over thirty states to find out how to get involved. We intend to launch our campaign in September, on Labor Day, with the National Rally for Change organized by the lovely Dawn Thompson.
The climate in North Carolina, where access to midwives is not only difficult, but being openly resisted by the physicians, has given birth to a great desire to confront the system head on. We invite you all to join us on this journey. If you want to be a part of this revolution, go to the Birth Activist Collective page on Facebook and ask to become a member. After the retreat, this is where we will be discussing our activities and making plans in communities all over the world to address the many issues surrounding maternity care.
We thank you for your continued support! Let’s do this!