I’m celebrating twenty years as a birth advocate. Wondering what that is? I created a network of midwives and other birth and family wellness practitioners to help families have happier and healthier births. Knowing how to navigate the medical system, or choose to work outside of it, can be a daunting task for most couples. It takes a great deal of time and effort to do your own research and even then most people don’t know what questions to ask to find the best match when searching for a midwife.
Sadly, many families have less than satisfying experiences. Some also have birth trauma. I have dedicated my life to this work because I feel so strongly about the fact that birth is not a medical event the vast majority of the time. I emphasize birth options so that couples can make informed decisions. Giving birth is important. If I were a baby I would want to feel safe and be born into the loving hands of my parents. I would never want to be separated from my parents unless there was a very serious medical reason.
There are many reasons why this doesn’t happen. I believe that the number one reason is lack of information when making birth decisions. Many people still have misguided beliefs about birth and midwives. Babies matter. Creating families matters. Think about your options if you plan to have children well in advance of the project so you can make informed decisions and have a happier, healthier birth. Peace and the planet depend on it.
If you live in Illinois please come to our event called — Midwives Honor Birth — at the Evanston Public Library, July 10, 2016. We will have a panel of midwives who offer both in and out of hospital birth services. It will be a wonderful opportunity to learn about midwifery and birth. I hope to see you there.