Activism in the birth world
As the 52 people (though I confess, one of them was my baby, who perhaps was not the best listener in the room) who came to Thursday’s Women’s Studies birth and technology panel at BU heard, there is indeed activism in the birth world!
Gene Declercq, of BU’s School of Public Health, made a great point about this relatively new phenomenon, of which MFOM and Jill at Unnecesarean and The Big Push for Midwives, etc., are all part. Gene observed that he was actually in the midst of writing an article about why there is no activism in the birth world when he realized that things were changing–with mothers becoming more informed, and more passionate, and with the Internet (and Facebook, Twitter, etc.) making the spread of information so much easier and more instantaneous, there is a growing activist movement in the world of birth!
Examples? How about the incredibly recent–and successful–pushback against ACOG’s ridiculous attempt to gather “data” on home birth? Great job, homebirthers, birth junkies, midwives, and friends of midwives!