Our Mission is to Inform, Support, Engage, and Empower Consumers, Community Leaders and Providers with Powerful Tools to Improve Birth.
We envision a world where birth is safe for all. That all pregnant people feel supported and receive evidence based, respectful, humane care during childbirth.
When I say I do not like war, it does not mean I dislike soldiers. When I critique the current state of our education system, it does not mean I dislike teachers/educators. When I am critical of the U.S. maternity care system, it does not mean I dislike nurses/providers/hospitals.
Without critique there will be no change.- Amanda Hardy, PhD.
You are likely here because you have experienced, heard or witnessed unnecessarily difficult or traumatic births that have left you feeling frustrated and angry. You may be seeking answers, healing, accountability and/or a strong desire to prevent this from happening to other families.
We typically all grow up with a “doctor knows best” mentality. It’s often difficult to understand that they too are working within a broken system that is built on fear of liability, a system that has significant financial motivators and a system that has come to the conclusion that more interventions solve both of those issues and it's up to us to make sure it changes.
Whether you experienced it first hand or you’ve been a witness, you may be a casualty of the system. We’re here to give you the tools & strategies you need to heal, take action and focus your consumer power to make a real difference in the lives of others.
Founder of ImprovingBirth.org and former Vice President of the San Diego Birth Network.
Co-President Birth and Postpartum Doula and Childbirth certified through DONA International, ICEA and CAPPA
Faculty member at a larger Midwestern university and a licensed mental health professional.
Organizer and community builder.
Practicing Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist and Hospital Laborist at three Los Angeles area hospitals.
Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Maryland.
I cannot express how thankful I am for your organization and your help! I am just a mom with dreams of better birth options.- Rebecca Bell, Mother
Sharing powerful stories of both negative and positive experiences can inspire people, helps them learn more quickly and quite possibly, inspire real change.