Last weekend was the second time I photographed Toledo’s Rally to Improve Birth, through the organization Improving Birth. I love volunteering to take pictures for them because I’m so passionate about birth rights and birthing options in Northwest Ohio. Through the years, I’ve learned that many women really don’t have any idea what their options are once they become pregnant. With a 5-county ban on VBAC births around Fulton County, many women here don’t understand that the care they are receiving is not backed by evidence, nor supported by ACOG. (The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.)
Improving Birth, and the amazing people who gathered together to support it, are hoping to bring awareness to some of the routine practices that women should have more options about.
The following is a partial list, provided from ImprovingBirth.org. You can find the references for these at www.evidencebasedbirth.com/table. Thank you to Improving Birth for making these stats known!
- Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC)- only 7-9% under U.S. care, while evidence based care suggests “Every eligible woman should be offered a VBAC; 74% will be successful.”
- Artificial Induction of Labor- 42% of first-time mothers, for whom this doubles the risk of C-section. Evidence based care- “Induction should only be used for true medical indications; suspected “big baby” is not a valid medical indication.
- Routine fetal monitoring- Practiced 94% of the time, while not supported by evidence.
- Witholding food or drink during labor- forced 60% of the time, not supported by evidence.
- Not allowed out of bed- these restrictions remain during 76% of U.S. births, and is not supported by evidence.
These are just a few of the alarming birth statistics that most moms-to-be aren’t aware of. 9 out of 10 women in the U.S. receive maternity care that increases, rather than decreases, the risks of harm to them and their babies.
With stats like that, you can see why so many women are passionate about improving birthing options all across the country, as well as right here in Northwest Ohio. This is the second time that an amazing group of women and other supporters have gather in Toledo to help make a change. In addition to raising awareness, we hope to make the event bigger and better every year! This year, there was a great raffle, with prizes from:
Genesis Essentials (http://www.genesisessentials.com/)
Steeped Tea (www.mysteepedteaparty.com/TheNaturalNanny)
Night Owl Doula (https://www.facebook.com/nightowldoulajenniferclark)
Kinsey Van Druten, RHN, CNE (www.KinseyVanDruten.com)
Thrive Birth Services (www.thrivebirthtoledo.com)
and a gift certificate from Ashley Short Photography. 🙂
A lot of families came out and it was quite funny to see the dads congregate together while the children played on the playground. It was a great experience for a lot of the women to gather and talk about their birth experiences and what they hope to achieve in the birth community.
There were a lot of babywearing mommas and pregnant mommies, and I was even lucky enough to photograph one breastfeeding doula. All pretty awesome things, if you ask me. 😉
Thank you to all the amazing women that gave of themselves to put this year’s rally together and to everyone who came out and helped make this a success!
Do you want to “Improve Birth” in the Toledo area? Tell me about your birth experience in the comments!
Photographing Northwest Ohio Maternity Portraits, Birth Photography, and the Motherhood years.
Also serving areas in and around Toledo, Perrysburg, Sylvania, Maumee, Holland, Delta, Swanton, Wauseon, Archbold, Bryan, Napoleon, Fayette, Whitehouse, Bowling Green, Lima, Defiance, and Fort Wayne.