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Doulas: A Birth Essential
March 28, 2013 BY ImprovingBirth
I can’t overstate the importance of experienced support during and after birth.  I try to keep my mouth shut when I hear someone say they don’t need a doula during labor or don’t have extra help for after the baby is born or don’t need to talk to a lactation consultant about nursing.  I always…
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“A Midwife Changed My Life”
March 26, 2013 BY ImprovingBirth
Whether you choose a midwife, family doctor, or OB to attend your baby birth, your choices and your body have value.  In a country where 9 out of 10 of us receive care that is not based on best evidence, our choices are even more important if we are to access good care. For me, it took…
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Protections for mothers are under threat
March 13, 2013 BY Cristen Pascucci
        For Immediate Release March 13, 2013 Contact: Cristen Pascucci Phone: (443) 622-2892 and International Cesarean Awareness Network Address Threats to Rights of Pregnant Women With protections for mothers under threat, advocacy groups call for solutions   San Diego, CA--Maternity care advocacy groups speak out on the heels of last week’s public cases of…
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Respect in Birth: "Get Over Yourselves"
February 21, 2013 BY ImprovingBirth
Last week, I wrote an article called “A Healthy Baby Isn’t All That Matters.”  It was about our opportunity for a higher standard for birth in the U.S.: "safe, respectful, family-centered birth," in addition to a health baby and healthy mom. I also talked a lot about the need for respect of women in birth. A…
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A Healthy Baby Isn’t All That Matters
February 6, 2013 BY Cristen Pascucci
We hear all the time, “a healthy baby is all that matters.” That’s simply not true—especially when, all too often, “healthy” means merely “surviving birth," for both moms and babies. That’s not nearly good enough. The truth is that in this day and age and place, a higher standard can and should exist: a healthy…
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Birth Centers: Safe, Respectful Options for Birth
January 31, 2013 BY ImprovingBirth
This morning, an important new study was published confirming the safety and cost effectiveness of birth centers as an excellent option for healthy, low-risk women. The study was conducted by the American Association of Birth Centers and reviewed by our very own Rebecca Dekker, Improving Birth board member and author of Birth centers are…
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