US mothers in Baltimore and Columbia have taken part in rallies on Labor Day (7 September) to improve women’s awareness of better birthing practices and to highlight the systemic mistreatment of labouring women arising from highly intrusive hospital practices.
These are the fourth annual Labor Day rallies to be organised by Improving Birth, which advocates for respectful, evidence-based care:
This movement isn’t about natural birth vs. medicated birth. It’s not about hospital birth vs. homebirth or birth center birth.
It’s about women being capable of making safer, more informed decisions about their care and that of their babies, when they are given full and accurate information about their care options, including the potential harms, benefits, and alternatives. It’s about respect for women and their decisions in childbirth, including how, where, and with whom they give birth; and the right to be treated with dignity and compassion.
One midwife linked the one-in-three rate of caesarian sections to the increase in medically-induced labours: “When you induce a mom before her body and the baby’s body is ready it sets her up to be much more likely to have a cesarean section, which is major abdominal surgery… Most people don’t realize that.”
To read more about the Improving Birth and the rallies, follow these links: