Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving activism

I know many of my readers might be visiting family and getting ready for tomorrow's Thanksgiving feast...but don't forget to join in these two campaigns!

Your Voice Counts Day

Did you have a wonderful, empowering birth experience? Did you have a traumatic birth experience that made you feel hurt and confused? Stand up and tell somebody! On Thursday, November 22nd (Thanksgiving) join us in mailing letters to hospital administrators, birth center directors, and other birth workers to tell our stories. How will hospitals and birth workers know how they're doing if we don't tell them? Whether your birth happened sixty minutes ago, sixty days ago, or sixty years ago, your experience matters. We cannot be ignored if we unite and flood these establishments with letters at the same time. Stand up and be counted on Your Voice Counts Day.

*NOTES: We realize the post office is closed on Thanksgiving. You can mail your letter on a different day if you desire to hand it to a mail carrier. This event is also open to spouses and significant others. Birth is not just our experience as women but our families experience too. Ask your partner to help or even write their own letter.
The Purpose: How can we fix a problem when so many don’t realize there is one? Awareness: The Big Campaign is an awareness campaign to encourage and insist that all maternal healthcare providers practice evidence-based care.

It takes an average of 20 years for proven “best practices” to become “standard” practice in hospitals and providers’ offices. For the sake of mothers and babies everywhere, we can’t wait 20 years. The long-term effects of preventable and unnecessary procedures are just starting to be realized.

Take Action: November 26th – 30th, 2012.

Register now to join us in The Big Walk-In. Once registered, you will receive a letter to hand out when you WALK into a maternity healthcare provider’s office near you. Leave it with a little note of thanks for their dedication to birthing families.


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