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Project: ONE VOICE

On Valentine’s Day 2004, history is being made nationwide. Concerned women, citizens and childbirth professionals are coming together to demonstrate in support of a woman's right to be fully informed of their childbearing choices and to support a woman’s right to Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC). Organizers of PROJECT: ONE VOICE fear that if the current anti-VBAC trend continues to grow across the USA, it will change the future of normal birth forever. Hospitals all over the country are now refusing VBAC's. This means that once a cesarean always a cesarean will now become true. With the USA having the highest rates ever of cesareans, this will be devastating to the future of birth.

This demonstration was organized shortly after the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) addressed the controversy of elective cesarean delivery and deemed it ethical to offer the surgical delivery option to women whether or not a medical reason exists. The Project ONE VOICE demonstrations are designed to encourage ACOG and the public to actively work together to decrease the US cesarean rate.

ONE VOICE demonstrations are planned nationwide on February 14, 2004 at 1 PM Eastern Time. Organizers have chosen February 14th to signify that women should be surrounded by people they love during birth and to make a statement that childbirth is a significant life event, not a medical event.

Demonstrations are currently planned for the locations listed below and new locations are added weekly.

Arizona –Phoenix
Arizona- Tucson
Alabama- **********
California-San Francisco
Colorado- Denver
Florida-Tampa Bay
Florida- Treasure Coast area
Florida- Miami Area
Georgia- Atlanta
Indiana – Southwest
Iowa-Iowa City
Massachusetts- Boston
Minneapolis/St. Paul
New Mexico –Albuquerque
Texas- Austin
Virginia- Richmond
Washington State -Seattle/Tacoma

The CDC reported more than one fourth of all children born in 2002 were delivered by cesarean; the total cesarean delivery rate of 26.1 percent was the highest level ever reported in the United States. The number of cesarean births to women with no previous cesarean birth jumped 7 percent and the rate of vaginal births after previous cesarean delivery dropped 23 percent. The cesarean delivery rate declined during the late 1980s through the mid-1990s but has been on the rise since 1996.

The risks of cesarean surgery include higher incidents of maternal death, more postpartum infections, more blood loss, risks of injury to the baby, more breathing problems in the newborn, delayed milk production in the mother, and increased risk of feeding difficulties in the newborn. The more obvious problems with surgery versus a natural event are higher costs and increased hospital stay.

For more information visit the ONE VOICE web site at :
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i checked out the site and attempted to find info for Pa- where i am. anyone going?
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