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 several in IL, which is wonderful–our state is in desperate need

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Our cost of having a homebirth

Last August I posted about costs of a homebirth, but it was still pretty early on in our pregnancy so I used estimates. Now that we’re ready to go any day now (baby, where are you?!), I thought I’d update the prices for those of you curious about paying for a homebirth with a midwife.

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Please keep in mind that costs will vary greatly. It can depend on your location–some midwives charge much more, some charge much less. It can depend on what

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Homebirth guest post

**Jennifer is a lovely woman I met online. She was reading my blog and saw my lists of things we still needed for our homebirth… she had some items leftover from her own homebirths and she very kindly and generously sent them to me. I appreciate it SO MUCH! I asked her if she’d type up a guest post about her homebirth so I could share it with all of you. Please say hi and show Jennifer some love! If you have ANY questions for her, feel free to leave them in the comments

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Wordless Wednesday: we still have a lot of work to do

*Red states are ones where traditional midwifery is still illegal* BOO HISS to IL (and the others).

Interviewing a homebirth midwife

We interviewed (and loved) a midwife last night for our upcoming VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) homebirth. When we chose an OB for our last pregnancy, we didn’t really interview anyone–just took one based on a referral from a friend because she had openings available. Huge mistake.

I prepared a big list of questions for our midwife interview.. these were collected from ICAN, online forums, suggestions from twitter/facebook, and birth-y books (Birthing From Within, Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth…). Usually the interview turns more

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"Women should give birth at home"




That’s right, read that header again. A panel of health experts from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) submitted a report* that calls for the UK’s National Health Service to provide more midwife-led units and for doctors to visit women so they can give birth outside of the hospital.

Too many women give birth in the hospitals, British experts say. Less than 10% of women in the UK currently give birth at home or at midwife-led units. The RCOG president stated that the maternity system

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