I have heard more than once about how I seem more interested in birth than diapers (although I do LOVE my fluff!)… So it won’t come as a great shock that I’m moving on from Simple Baby to hang my hat with a company who’s business IS birth.
I have been called many things when planning an unmedicated birth…
Stupid, foolish, uneducated are the crueler and more ignorant ones. Naive, a martyr, and an overachiever are the slightly gentler ones. No one seems to be offended by this.
It’s not considered particularly rude or offensive to speak to me this way.
Here is where I an going to tie in the title of this post:
When looking at percentages – more women are having natural birth than people who are identifying as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender).
True unmedicated births are hard to track statistically (someone go study that!) – but a 2008 study of vaginal births across 27 states showed that 61% of mothers had epidurals. What that means is that in the case of 39% of those vaginal births – the mothers were likely primarily unmedicated. For kicks, lets do fuzzy math and I’ll give you even 30% of those births having narcotics or something else on board and that leaves us with still nearly 1 in 10 mothers giving birth without pain medication. 9%.
A 2011 report says that 4% of Americans, identify themselves as LGBT. That’s it. Only 4%.
I’m giving you these numbers – not because I am commenting on being gay (all for it, get married, have kids – preferably unmedicated, live long and prosper, whatever) but because the query “gay rights” on google gives me “About 47,400,000 results”, while “childbirth rights” gives me “About 31,900,000 results”
15.5 MILLION more pages!!! Almost a full third more!!!
This is something we should ponder if only for a moment. Gay rights is a phrase heard in all forms of media almost daily, and in a variety of situations. It’s a part of our culture.
Why don’t women and our right to vigorously pursue an unmedicated birth without being oppressed by the US maternity system have the same cultural impact?
There are a very small handful of us advocating for the rights and desires of a significant percentage of childbearing women. I am leaving Simple Baby because I want to devote more time supporting those couples choosing unmedicated birth (gay or straight, lol).
In addition to my continued work as an advocate through the Tarrant County Birth Network and Birth Network National I have also accepted the task of assisting my friend, and sometimes mentor, Donna Ryan in launching and promoting an international, modern, comprehensive childbirth education program.
Education is the first step to change. Through online and instructor-led classes we are empowering women through childbirth education to know their rights, make conscious decisions about their births, and claim the birth of their dreams.
Perhaps I’m a little dramatic about this profound product my friend has created.
Or maybe not. I have taken childbirth education classes three times (with three kids). Each had something to offer (that first one was all about being a good patient!). But none were comprehensive or particularly current.
With years of teaching under her belt, and talking to birth professionals and hundreds of students about what should be in a childbirth education program, Donna and our team have created something amazing. Easy to understand. Accessible to everyone. Easy to teach as a certified natural childbirth instructor.
I’m going to miss Simple Baby- but the gal who is left in charge, Tiffany Carra, won’t disappoint you. She loves to shop and find the “right” products just for you. I’ll let her give you her own introduction soon. Hopefully this is not goodbye-just see you later. Pop on over to the Birth Boot Camp Facebook page and like us!