Originally Posted by JSMa
Don't know about the press yet... But yes we will be making signs.
Thank you ladies for keeping this alive over here!
I'm a childbirth educator/doula on the west end of Allentown, so I've been working on this a lot (too much!). I met with Marlene Gubler (also a CBE/doula), Bill Dunning, and a couple of other ladies on Tuesday to discuss strategy & Saturday.
Someone asked how this affects Tina, and that wasn't answered...so quickly...Tina is young with a 6 month old baby...she just can't attend all of the births for the practice, can't be on call 24/7 like Laurice has done at times. Also, unfortunately, since she is young, she is more afraid about her career, so less willing to stick her neck out (perhaps I should have a bit more of that fear? ....nah....). She has been offered a position with a practice that is owned by LVH...Bill did not know which practice that was, or if she would take it, or if she would be attending births if she takes it. One thing that is pretty sure...even if she does take it and does attend births...women going to that practice will still probably not be assured of having a midwife at their birth because Tina can't do 24/7 call.
Now...as to the protest...
* A significant theme of our discussion Tuesday was that THIS IS BIGGER THAN JUST LOSS OF MIDWIVES. It is about CHOICE. By simply pointing out that there are midwives doing births at LVH, the higher ups there can "blow smoke in people's faces" (they told Veronica Torrejon--Morning Call reporter--that there are 5 midwives in practice in the Lehigh Valley---WHO ARE THEY? We know about Andrea MacLaren, and she has a new midwife working with her, but they are in Stroudsburg even though they do births in Bethlehem. Aimee Kessler does not appear to attend births (neither Marlene nor I have had a client birth with her in years, despite many going to that practice and wanting her)--despite the fact that women get told that she does. Gaye Haas quit attending births at least 4 years ago, and "Caring for Women" out in Easton has a midwife on staff, but she also does not attend births.). So anyway, try to steer clear of "midwifery" in any signs or statements to the press, and especially please keep "The Midwives" out of the protest (this is also in part due to legal concerns).
Unless LVH issues an apology to Laurice and a statement that in keeping with ACNM guidelines, midwives will be able to attend VBAC and breech birth at LVH...a domino has been pushed on patient choice. Other dominos will continue to fall, not just in OB, but in other areas. My understanding is that some dominos have already fallen, and there just hasn't been a public outcry.
We are looking for some reflective vests for a couple of the marchers to wear to make sure there is an appearance of safety (we aren't going to get too close to the road...but some people might still try to make hay). If you have a reflective vest (or 2) that you could loan, even if you aren't going to be able to be at the rally, please let me know, or post on the event board to find out who is attending who lives close enough to you to get it.
*LVH really cares about their ranking with US News and World Report...so if someone could look up contact information to send letters to them, that would be great!
*We would like to get some videos up on You-Tube. Toward that end...
-is anyone here skilled with that?
-anyone have camera equipment they could loan/bring to the rally?
-for those folks coming to the rally--you can of course decline to be interviewed if you want...but if you want to be interviewed, please write 3-5 main points that you want to get across on an index card, and practice what you want to say so that you will be able to say it concisely and without a bunch of "ums" and "ahs" on camera.
-if you aren't going to the rally and want to make a You Tube video, we can work to arrange that!
For signs, if you can make a specific sign, please "claim it." Here are some that we want:
*neonatal & maternal mortality rates compared to the world (CIA has this data on-line)
*"My birth experience was (insert adjective), why wasn't yours?"
*"Informed consent for better birth choices"
*Want to know more? Facebook search (I will provide a search term--I need to get a publically viewable "Page" set up rather than the group--someone is also working on a blog)
* Cesarean: Medical Necessity vs Medical Conveniance?
*"Your Choice" vs "Routine Procedures"
Remember with making signs...keep the letters BIG, and the number of words low. Also, if you cite any stats, please write your reference in small print on the bottom of the sign so that it is handy if we are challenged.
The rally will be on the southeast corner of the intersection at the LVH entrance--that is, across the street at the 1529 building. We will meet by the big blue sign along Cedar Crest for an Orthodontist--Dr Frey.