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Has anyone heard about the birth rally on Labor Day (can't remember if I saw anything about it on here).  Last count, there were 6 states that didn't have a rally yet- Delaware, Maine, New Mexico,  Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wyoming.  Anyone in those states interested?  Info is below and there is a vid and more at improvingbirth.org
Jennifer
 

A Full Scale Birth Revolution on Labor Day

September 3, 2012 10am-12noon

Take Action!  We need women, men and children to come stand in support of evidence-based maternity care for everyone on September 3, 2012. The Rally will be held in locations all over the country as the launch to Empowered Birth Awareness Week.
The Purpose The National Rally for Change is to encourage and insist that all maternal healthcare providers practice evidence-based care. On average it takes 20 years for proven research to become practice. For the sake of mothers and babies everywhere, we can't wait 20 years. The long-term effects of unnecessary inductions and cesareans are just starting to be realized. This matters for all people. This is not a protest, but a public outreach event located where the vast majority of the population gives birth.
Get Involved! - Become a rally coordinator in your area TODAY! We are making it as easy as we can. As a coordinator, you will receive your very own Action Pack. This includes a marketing slideshow, press releases and a Coordinator Checklist. We want the message to be cohesive and peaceful. Click below on your state to see if there is a rally in your area.
Become a Sponsor!  We have tailored our sponsorship packages to appeal to local, regional, and national business and organizations. To help you raise brand awareness and increase exposure of your products and/or services among a growing, targeted audience of parents, parents-to-be and birth related professionals.

Rally History

Our first scheduled event in December of 2011 was a local rally that brought both television and print media to the event, giving us a spot on the evening news and front page of the local section in the largest newspaper in San Diego. Imagine what a National Rally on Labor Day might bring! The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN? It also brought about change. That local hospital has since started an in-hospital based Doula program, changed their triage guidelines to allow labor support people to join mom so that she was no longer separated from her doula when first arriving at the hospital. They restructured their website, moving information about c-section as the first thing to the last thing. They also began featuring mothers sharing their natural birth stories. All this from just one small rally of 75 people.
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I'm really excited about the Birth Rallies! I'm planning to attend in Berkeley, CA. I also really encourage everyone to submit opeds to local papers about the c-rates in our local hospitals, and why we are holding these rallies. These pieces can be submitted before or after the birth rallies, but before would help get more attention for the rallies on Labor Day. So glad you raised the topic!

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Wow! I did not know about this, but I LOVE it! Are there any events planned in Atlanta, GA? I'd love to participate and help to promote!

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Yes!  Atlanta has one planned at Piedmont Hospital 1968 Peachtree Road Northwest.  Labor Day, Sept 3rd from 10-12.  You can join the group on FB at https://www.facebook.com/ImprovingBirthNationalRallyForChangeAtlantaGa.  I'm sure they would love help!

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Originally Posted by jljeppson View Post

Yes!  Atlanta has one planned at Piedmont Hospital 1968 Peachtree Road Northwest.  Labor Day, Sept 3rd from 10-12.  You can join the group on FB at https://www.facebook.com/ImprovingBirthNationalRallyForChangeAtlantaGa.  I'm sure they would love help!

Oh my gosh, thank you so much for sharing this info, I'm so glad I didn't miss it! I hope to see you guys there peace.gif

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I'll be rocking it in Idaho Falls (I'm coordinator there) but I'll be thinking about my home state too! (Especially since I was born in Atlanta!)
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