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Dear Hospital, You’ve Got Me Caught in a Catch-22
September 13, 2016 BY ImprovingBirth
A note from Dawn Thompson, IB President: I love it when consumers feel empowered and passionate about exposing how this hospital's "no VBAC policy" undermines national guidelines, patient autonomy, EMTALA laws, patient satisfaction, and patient safety. This is how change happens in my opinion. We need this type of letter and letters, like the one…
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10 Steps To Finding A VBAC-Supportive Provider
September 2, 2016 BY ImprovingBirth
So you’re planning a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC)! Although VBAC is safe for most people, VBACs sadly remain a controversial and often little-understood option in the United States, an option that’s often difficult for people to achieve. One of the most important things to consider when planning a VBAC is your provider—the more truly…
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A Doctor’s Compelling Letter About the State of Maternity Care
August 31, 2016 BY Dawn
Although this letter is addressed to a specific hospital, it applies to all hospitals and the issues facing pregnant families everywhere. The points Dr. Chavira makes here are fundamental issues with the entire maternity care system. This is why we continue to do the work of ImprovingBirth. We'll be holding a rally in front of…
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What It Means To Trust Women
August 24, 2016 BY ImprovingBirth
Editor's Note: This is written by guest author Jennifer Williams, CNM, a nurse-midwife who attends hospital births in Albuquerque, NM. Shock waves raced through the birth world recently when Caroline Malatesta won a $16 million lawsuit against Brookwood Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama. When Ms. Malatesta was pregnant with her fourth child, she sought a…
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Does Your Doctor Hate It When You Google?
August 22, 2016 BY ImprovingBirth
Editor's Note: This is written by guest author Kathryn Keener of One Moon Doula Services about her prenatal care experiences surrounding the births of her two children.   Have you seen this mug or meme going around? I get it. We all know that Google and the other search engines can lead us down a rabbit…
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Dignity in Childbirth: A Necessity, Not a Privilege
July 26, 2016 BY ImprovingBirth
Editor's Note: This post comes from guest author, Dara T. Mathis, about her experience and care received during the birth of her daughter. Last year, I gave birth to a 6-pound, 9-ounce baby girl via Caesarean section. It was one of the happiest days of my life, but it was also one of the worst.…
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