Improving Birth has reached a major milestone in the Labor Day National Rally for Change, now with over 100 locations across the US. “We are thrilled at this incredible momentum in such a short period of time”, says Dawn Thompson, the Founder of Improving Birth. “At the end of June, we only had 25 locations. This is what we have always envisioned; it’s amazing to see it come to fruition.”

The National Rally for Change is to encourage and insist that all maternal healthcare providers practice evidence-based care, which is defined as care that has been proven by reliable research to be beneficial to mothers and babies, reducing the incidences of complications, injury, and death. On average, it takes 20 years for proven research to become practice. For the sake of mothers and babies everywhere, we can’t wait 20 years! The long-term effects of preventable surgeries and unnecessary inductions are just starting to be realized. This matters for all people.

Despite the dire situation, this is not a protest, but a public outreach event located where the vast majority of the population gives birth.

For more information about Improving Birth and the National Rally for Change on Labor Day, visit us at or find us on Facebook.

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  1. Nan says:

    Let’s not put all the blame on the physicians and hospitals. Lets do some maternal education that tells them that just because you are tired of being pregnant is not a reason to ask your doctor to induce you,neither is my husband already scheduled his vacation, my mother wants to be there and she has to know when my delivery date is going to be…Nurses have heard them all. Fortunately we have adopted the 39 week rule here for the past 3 years but most of the time it is not the physicians but the mothers who request that they be induced early for their “convenience”.The mothers then become upset with their physician when they can’t and won’t comply with their request for an induction prior to 39 weeks. If I had a nickle for every mother who said that their cousin, neighbor, sister, hair stylist etc. had a baby at 36, 37 38 weeks and did just fine, I would be rich. As a NICU nurse I have seen those babies in the NICU from early induction so some people just got lucky.
    You will not be able to stop EFM until people stop looking for someone to blame and pay for every birth or labor problem. OB departments are forced to practice defensive medicine because they have to be able to prove in a court of law that the problems were recognized and correct interventions done. If EFM is not warranted why are lawyers now taking EFM classes so they can “interpret” strips and look for anything that may help a case? Let’s not blame medicine for all the problems with inductions and C-sections. Lets make the public fully aware and responsible for much of this.

    1. doula says:


      We fully and wholeheartedly agree! This is why we are choosing such a public outreach. We want mothers to be educating themselves about the real risks to themselves and their babies. Part of the program we are developing includes an online program families must take before having a medically unnecessary induction or c-section.

      Bless you for the work that you do. We know how challenging that work can be and it truly takes a special person. Thank you.

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