I am getting ready to deliver baby number 3 and this will be my first delivered at home with a midwife. I have been learning and trying to digest everything I can get my hands on regarding midwifery care and home birthing, and I have been absolutely stunned and appalled at what the women in this country have not been told about giving birth. I myself had no idea how things should/can be, and had always assumed that the doctors know best.
So on to why I am writing to you. My husband and I have been moved by our desire to get the word out to other women, and to also encourage an overhaul of our maternity care in the US. I believe you are in AZ too, and I was wondering if there are activism groups here? Or am I riled up about nothing? I just feel like we should DO something.
Busca's Babble:Thanks in advance for your time.
Diane actually sent me this email back in March, so first I'm going to apologize that it has taken me two months to respond. But I am thrilled that you have had a fire lit under you and want to do something to help other women discover the truth, Diane. You're definitely not riled up about nothing.
I think the first place I'll direct you is the Arizona Birth Network. They hold monthly Birth Circle meetings at locations throughout AZ where you can meet with other like-minded women to discuss a variety of topics and brainstorm. I haven't gone to any of the Birth Circles yet, but I am definitely planning on doing so. Hopefully soon.
You also might consider attending your local La Leche League meetings. I have friends who attend the meetings and have formed friendships and support networks through them. The other women attending those meetings are also likely to either share your desire to share truth and knowledge or be open to further truth and knowledge that you are excited to share.
Another thing you might consider is starting your own group. One of the fellow doulas-in-training at my doula workshop decided to create West Valley Birth Advocates. I have attended and hosted meetings for that group. You might consider hosting viewings of birth films or discussions of birth books in your own home for your friends and other women in your area to learn more.
You can also get involved on a more national level with groups such as Lamaze, Citizens for Midwifery, Childbirth Connection, and others.
I hope that helps, Diane! Any of my Arizona birth junkie readers, please comment if you have any other ideas or tips.