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Your birth story is an important part of healthcare reform!

If you sought care from a Certified Professional Midwife during your pregnancy, or if you gave birth in an out-of-hospital setting, your story is symbolic of why maternity care reform is a critical part of health care reform.

Certified Professional Midwives decrease the c-section rate and provide women with individualized, nurturing care in their pregnancies, labor, and deliveries. Certified Professional Midwives are the ONLY birth professionals trained specifically in out-of-hospital birth.

The c-section rate is soaring, and women are losing choices in how they give birth. Please tell your birth story.



2 June 2009 at 3:32 pm Leave a comment

Save the Date: Thu., 9/3, 4pm–BU Women’s Studies Birth Talk

image003Here’s your three-month warning: save the afternoon (4-6pm) of Thursday, September 3rd, for this panel presentation and discussion.

Full disclosure: I’m one of the speakers, and I’ll be talking about women’s Internet birth narratives and the imagery they use (of heroism, passion, and animals, among other things) when describing their births relative to medical interventions. The other two panelists are fabulous: Claudia Olivetti will talk about the economics of birth from a historical perspective, and Gene Declerq will talk about the realities of birth in the US today from a public health perspective. 

Organized and sponsored by the BU Women’s Studies Program, the talk will be at the George Sherman Union at BU, right on Comm. Ave (BU Central Green Line B T stop) and is open to the public. Anyone interested, from academics to midwives to moms with babies, is welcome to attend. 


(Thanks to the talented Nikki McClure who gave us permission to use her beautiful and striking image in our publicity for the talk!)

2 June 2009 at 1:22 pm Leave a comment

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