On Labor Day, women and families in more than 100 cities around the country rallied for what ought to be a given: evidence-based maternity care. In my hometown, Nashville TN, more than a hundred people gathered along West End in Centennial Park for our Rally for Change —organized by local doula Holly Heveron-Smith. The solid show of support speaks to the vibrant and dedicated community of birth doulas, midwives, educators, and advocates who dedicate themselves to making birth better for women and their babies.
The demands of evidence-based maternity care aren’t extreme:
- No inductions unless medically indicated
- No inductions for “big baby”
- Interventions only when medically necessary
- Movement for mama and intermittent monitoring of baby
- Vaginal birth after cesarean
Some of the messages shared at the Rally:
- Evidence-Based Birth
- Vaginal Birth After Cesarean
- Lower The C-Section Rate
- Know Your Options
- Birth Matters
Nashville’s Rally for Change in the news!
Channel 4 – Nashville Rally Aimed at Expectant Mothers
Channel 5 – Birth Rally Held on Labor Day
The Tennessean – Moms Rally for Better Births
Expecting mamas can become part of the evidence-based solution by actively learning about and preparing for birth. Resources such as prenatal yoga (check out the Mamahhh.com classes & workshops page for my classes in Nashville), doula care, home or hospital-based midwifery care, and childbirth education classes are excellent resources for information and support.
Mamas, you can also help support the movement for evidence-based when you share your story … Your happy birth stories offer hope and inspiration, and your hard stories remind us why rallies like these matter so much for the quality and safety of births to come. What’s your birth story?