Tag Archives: human rights in childbirth

Prevention and elimination of disrespect and abuse during childbirth.

The World Health Organization has released a statement: Prevention and elimination of disrespect and abuse during childbirth. I am sad that this even needs to be a topic of discussion and thrilled that this is finally being dealt with on … Continue reading

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Should Women With Traumatic Birth Experiences Just "Accept and Move On?"

I am appalled at this article on the Huffington Post entitled, “Recalibrating Our Expectations of Childbirth.” You don’t really need to go and read it, I quote the appalling parts below, but if you are interested here is the link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cara-paiuk/recalibrating-our-expecta_b_5372955.html  There … Continue reading

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Stay Out of Our Vaginas

A new device is being manufactured to stretch a woman’s pelvic tissues (lower 1/3 of the vagina and pelvic floor muscles) during the first stage of labor.  http://www.maternamedical.com/the-device.html There are so many things wrong with this idea. Women’s bodies are … Continue reading

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CHOICE: A Birth and Baby Film Festival

I am one of the co-organizers of the CHOICE: A Birth and Baby Film Festival.  In 2012 we screened a 11 films, each followed by a community panel discussion.  As a result of the great success of the film festival … Continue reading

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The Freedom for Birth Movement

2012 was supposed to be a year of change. Philosophers and scientists have said this year will bring about a change in consciousness and a paradigm shift. I believe the shift has started when it comes to childbirth. This is … Continue reading

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National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women

December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women. Violence against women doesn’t just happen on the streets, in the workplace, or in homes.  It is happening every day in our “trusted” health care system. … Continue reading

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Does Birth Really Matter?

Intervention and psychological outcomes in childbirth: an excerpt from The Face of Birth Women are not told that interventions in childbirth can affect them psychologically and can affect their relationship with their children. We may not lose babies lives but … Continue reading

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Making Change in Childbirth

For the past few days I’ve been receiving emails for organizations around the country and around the world about childbirth activism. It seems as though we may be reaching a critical mass.  There are groups of mothers and father, women … Continue reading

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Birth Activsm in Action

It is so wonderful to see women standing up for their birthing sisters.  Many women have been traumatized by obstetrical violence and been ignored because they have a live baby. Birth s more than just the birth of a baby.  … Continue reading

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Taking Action to Improve Birth

It has been a year since I dove into childbirth activism with my live online home birth of Oziah.  (His birthday is tomorrow!) I hadn’t thought of my decision to birth live as a “social activist moment”, as my dear … Continue reading

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