Remember the Mothers: US maternal deaths & the Safe Motherhood Quilt Project

Did you know that the United States ranks 60th in global maternal health?

WE CAN DO BETTER.

Did you know that every 2 minutes a woman loses her life in pregnancy and childbirth?

WE CAN DO BETTER.

The CDC estimates that our actual maternal death rate is 1.3 times HIGHER than what’s reported in statistics because of underreporting. Reporting maternal deaths is on the honor system. There are no penalties for misreporting or failing to report maternal deaths. Too many go unnoticed. Those poor

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Birth with Balance: share your birth story

I was recently contacted by Chelsea from the website Birth with Balance. She has created a forum and a community for birth stories and she shared both of mine–the coerced cesarean in the hospital and the VBAC homebirth. I love what she’s doing (she’s also due any moment now with her homebirth baby!) and wanted to share this resource with all of you… this is a guest post written by Chelsea, so check it out!

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As a labor and delivery nurse

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LABORfest: Learning About Birth Options in Rockford

At the end of April, our ICAN chapter (International Cesarean Awareness Network) hosted our first annual LABORfest: Learning About Birth Options in Rockford. I have a chapter co-leader and the two of us spent about two months planning. We got a free space at a local pub that provided all-you-can-eat pizza and pasta (at a fairly low cost to us), we pitched sponsors to donate items to our silent auction, we got local vendors and birth professionals to set up table

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Rebecca’s birth day: Throwback Thursday

I got the idea for Throwback Thursday from the blog over at YesVideo… fun to look back on favorite memories! In honor of Rebecca’s first birthday this week, I’m reminiscent of the day she was born.

The day I first sang “Happy Birthday” to her, when I first got to hold her in my arms and look into her big blue eyes. The day my life changed and the day we welcomed a daughter into our family. The day Ryan became

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Affirmations (for birth)

We’re nearing the one-year mark of my HBAC and I meant to post about this a loooong time ago. During my first labor I caved to the pain and the pressure of the L&D nurses and I got an epidural. I loved it. I wondered why anyone would ever NOT get one, even though during my entire pregnancy I desperately wanted a natural birth.

During my second pregnancy, I was determined to follow through with my plans for a natural birth–for a VBAC. I

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coming soon: emily dickey, cbe

You heard it here first. I’m telling all of you so that you help hold me accountable… I’ve been throwing around the idea of becoming a doula or a childbirth educator for awhile. You know, ever since that first birth experience changed my entire life. But I’ve been busy… being a mom, teaching college classes, moving to the middle of nowhere….

Well… I think it’s time. We have two kids and we’re done. Ryan will be in school soon. We’re

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Improving Birth’s National Rally for Change

On Monday, September 3rd, 2012–Labor Day–Improving Birth hosted a nationwide Rally for Change. The goal? To raise awareness about the unnecessarily high cesarean and induction rates, promote informed consent and birth options, and rally for evidence based care. Birth matters, birth is safe, and we can do better.

The rallies were held in every state, in over 100 cities, with nearly 10,000 total people in attendance. Our rally itself had about 80 people. There were

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