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Rally to improve birth on Monday September 2

August 26, 2013


This upcoming Labor Day (Monday Sept. 2, 2013) will be the second annual Rally to Improve Birth. The group ImprovingBirth.org is organizing the event. There are expected to be thousands rallying on Labor Day between 10am and noon.

Evidence-Based maternity care is at the core of this event. Currently maternity decisions are made for bureaucratic reasons; sometimes counter to actual evidence of the best way to proceed. I personally have seen how my wife was treated like a bystander during the birth of one of my children.

Here is a description of this Rally from the organizations website:

A massive uprising is on the horizon. Thousands of men, women and children will gather on September 2, 2013 as part of an International movement. Improving Birth’s “Rally to Improve Birth” is expected to at least double in size from our first event that was hosted in 110 cities, in 46 states across the US, and to expand to other countries like Canada, Mexico and Brazil.

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.

I personally plan to attend the event so I can learn more about this movement. For anyone that lives in Aberdeen, SD, the event will be held in front of Hub City Chiropractic/SNAP Fitness. You can get more details on that from the Aberdeen Rally to Improve Birth Facebook event. While at the event I plan to learn more about this movement and what others can do to help. I hope many others will attend as well.


PS. I will be interviewing attendees and hope to do a blog post and potentially an article.

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  1. August 27, 2013 at 10:38 am

    In the great scheme of things, I’ve given birth only 3 times. But I’ve been abused by airlines more times than I care to remember. I’d rather give birth than travel by air, but I travel 3-4 times a year. I don’t know why anybody would get their panties in a knot over something they’re only going to experience a few times in their lives. Which is why this is really just a front for the abortion industry, trying to get midwives as abortionists. There’s a shortage of physicians willing to do abortions, so the abortion industry is looking for a solution, and the solution they’ve found is midwives. So state by state, they are getting CPMs licensed to practice, and overturning laws which require abortions to be performed by physicians. All you have to do is google midwives, abortion, and New York or California to see how this works.

    • Ken Santema
      August 27, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      I don’t think anyone is saying this is the most important issue out there. However, I have been speaking with a few event organizers from various Midwest cities for an upcoming magazine article. I can’t speak for the national organizers, however at the local levels this is not about abortion rights. So far of those I’ve interviewed, most do not fall within a strict pro-life or pro-choice group for abortion (like most of the nation). I had heard rumors of this movement being back by pro-abortion groups. That may or may not be true, but either way it does not seem to impact the actions or information being given out at the local level.

      Events like this are great. They allow people to advocate for their cause without using the coercive power of government to do so. That is how society should debate social issues, and not through the use of DC politicians.

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