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Disrespect & Abuse in Childbirth?! Prove it.
October 11, 2015 BY ImprovingBirth
Although disrespect and abuse in childbirth is recognized as a global problem (see the World Health Organization's 2014 report), there is a culture of silence around this issue in the United States.  Discussion around this "women's issue" is usually limited to private settings and personal conversations.  Among women, birth professionals, and birth advocates, stories abound--the…
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The Price of Apathy
September 23, 2015 BY ImprovingBirth
This post originally appeared at Three Rivers Birth Services and is posted here with the permission of the author. No one came. No one came to express how important women’s childbirth choices are to them.  South Carolina's Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) invited us to a meeting- a “workshop”- to help shape the new birth center…
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Press Release: Woman Charges OB with Assault & Battery for Forced Episiotomy
June 4, 2015 BY ImprovingBirth
Remember "Kelly," the woman in the video receiving an episiotomy (12 times!) after she said, "No, don't cut me!"?  Her real name is Kimberly and that's her picture above, with her little son. Please consider donating to Kimberly's legal fund here. The doctor who cut her against her will was served yesterday with a lawsuit for assault…
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Baltimore, MD: Making My Own Luck
May 10, 2015 BY ImprovingBirth
In the movement to improve the way birth and women are treated, there’s no better way to understand what we’re striving for than to hear from those who’ve experienced it. So, we are starting a new series featuring women who had an empowering birth experience and want to share it. This Mother's Day, we're hearing…
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We Will Not Be Silenced: An Update on Kelly’s Story
April 15, 2015 BY ImprovingBirth
In August of 2014, we told you (and showed you, via video) Kelly’s story of a forced episiotomy, experienced while she was giving birth to her son in 2013. Kelly contacted us, asking for help finding resolution.  Her original intent was to work with the hospital where she gave birth to make sure what happened…
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Press Release: Pregnant Women Ask Court to Affirm Their Constitutional Rights
January 15, 2015 BY ImprovingBirth
See Human Rights in Childbirth's excellent article "Women's Voices Amicus Curiae Brief: Informed Consent and Refusal" for more detail on Rinat Dray's story and her case Rinat Dray vs. Staten Island Hospital et al., including the full brief submitted to the court with 42 stories from American women recounting personal experiences with nonconsented procedures in…
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