Current Photo Campaign
The Face of VBAC: Why are only 10% of American women giving birth vaginally after a previous Cesarean? The majority of women could go on to have a vaginal birth in future pregnancies if they were given the chance. However, once a woman has had a Cesarean, she will have difficulty finding a care provider and hospital to support her in a vaginal birth. Vaginal birth after Cesarean is not allowed in over 40% of American hospitals. We'd like you to share your VBAC journey with us in pictures. Did you have an amazing supportive VBAC? Did you have a provider that you thought was supportive but wasn't in the end? Did you have to travel long distances to find a supportive provider? Were your choices limited my insurance constraints? #thefaceofVBAC
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Past Photo Campaigns
Respectful Care: Around the world, people are finally starting to recognize that Respectful Care in childbirth is critical to good outcomes, and recognizing that we are falling short in many places, including the U.S., as we've detailed throughout the past year. Tell us about what Respectful Care means to you, if you have or haven't experienced it, and what you'd like to see become "the norm." #respectfulcare #makeitthenorm
To view the entire album of posted #RespectfulCare #MakeItTheNorm photos, click here.
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Break the Silence: So much trauma in birth is preventable, but a culture of silence around disrespect and abuse in childbirth has led us to a place where almost 1/3 of women describe their births as "traumatic" and about 1/3 of those have symptoms of PTSD. We have created a place for women (and others) to Break the Silence about their experiences, without shame or embarrassment. Speaking up is the first step to changing things! #breakthesilence
To view the entire album of posted #BreakTheSilence photos, click here.
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Guidelines for Photo Submissions
- We ask that you consider the lighting available when taking your photos. Outside in the morning or evening is one suggestion. Use dark ink on white paper. Take the picture from the thighs or waist up, if including yourself in the photo, so we can crop it to the appropriate size.
- Keep your answer simple and WRITE BIG so we can see it. Feel free to note your state/country on the paper and also the hashtag that relates to your photo submission. Do not include any profanity or hate speech in your photo.
- If you are a professional photographer, we have no problem with you including your watermark. Just notice that our little stamp will go somewhere near the top or bottom, so please remember that when you are stamping it with your own watermark.
- Please wait to share your photos on social media until after we publish them. The photos will be stamped with a IB watermark and can then be reshared or reposted. Resharing/reposting the images after we publish them ensures that the message we want to share with everyone and the purpose behind the particular campaign stays with the photo as it circulates throughout social media.
- Please note that it will not be possible for us to use all photos.