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The Washington Post would like to interview women in the DC/MD/VA area who have intentionally given birth at home unassisted. Those who are interested should contact Sandy Boodman at <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a><br><br>
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(who is visualizing George and Laura Bush reading about unassisted childbirth as they drink their morning coffee!)
 

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haha that would be a wonderful visual.Too bad I found out about my pregnancy in Alexandria but moved to HI shortly after so I'm out.I would have really bugged them too since I'm a military wife and a "minority".<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Laura, what's it like being interviewed for this type of article? How often do they get things wrong? What things are they likely to ask? And do you feel like articles in major papers really do any good for the movement?<br><br>
I would consider doing this but definitely have reservations.
 

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I'm doing the interview on Monday. As far as how often they get things wrong, I would say almost every reporter who has interviewed me over the years has misquoted me or gotten something wrong. Much of the recent media attention was initially sparked by an article in New Scientist magazine that was published in Jan. I was so disturbed by the inaccuracies and misquotes that I didn't even post information about the article to the UC lists and boards. You can read the first part of it here -<br><br><a href="http://www.newscientist.com/channel/health/mg19325851.100-extreme-childbirth-freebirthing.html" target="_blank">http://www.newscientist.com/channel/...ebirthing.html</a><br><br>
In the first paragraph there are two mistakes. I gave birth to my first child in 1978, not 77 (not a major mistake). David wasn't the only person in the room. We had three friends there and a film maker. The article goes on to "quote" me:<br><br>
""Birth is inherently safe and relatively painless," Shanley claims, "provided that you don't interfere by using doctors or midwives."<br><br>
What I actually said was "Birth is inherently safe and relatively painless provided it's not interfered with physically or psychologically."<br><br>
As anyone who has read my book or articles knows, I actually focus more on the psychological interference in birth (fear, shame and guilt) than the physical. The article implied that I believe doctors and midwives are THE source of the problems in birth, and I simply don't believe that's true (although I certainly believe they can contribute to them). I also believe that many of the problems in birth throughout history have been caused by poor living conditions.<br><br>
In the Westword article last week the reporter wrote (when describing Willie’s birth): “The baby, she realized, was traveling the birth canal upside down.” And I said to my husband, 'What do I do, do I call an ambulance?'"<br><br>
I never said this. However, David did ask if he should call an ambulance and I said no. I have never asked anyone what I should do in labor, as I always felt I KNEW what to do.<br><br>
The reporter goes on to say: “....she employed her self-taught birthing techniques, remaining calm and trying to erase all the fear in her mind through positive "life affirmations."” I’ve never used the term “life affirmations,” although I don’t have a problem with it. I’ve always called them “belief suggestions.” Not a big mistake, really, but still inaccurate. In the actual newspaper they gave the wrong URL for my web site! So that was disturbing.<br><br>
As far as whether these articles do any good for the movement, I think they do in that they bring attention to it. Essentially they plant seeds. Those who are interested can read about it on their own and make their own decisions.<br><br>
I don't seek out the media, by the way (although every few years I drop Oprah a line! She has yet to respond!). In the past two weeks I have probably had 15 requests for interviews from newspapers, magazines, TV production companies, radio stations and TV stations. If I turned down the interviews, the reporters would probably write the stories anyway, and the inaccuracies would be even greater.<br><br>
Occasionally one of the reporters does a nice job. Overall I was happy with the Globe and Mail article as well as the Guardian article. The short one in Marie Claire UK wasn't too bad! And even with the Westword article there were things I liked. The Reuters article should be published soon. It will be interesting to see how many papers pick it up. That one will be short also but will have photos of a woman catching her own baby. I'm sure it will open many eyes!<br>
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Forgot to answer this question. Essentially they will ask why you decided to have an unassisted birth, and how the birth went. Those are the two main questions. Sometimes the reporters will tell you about their own births, which I think is nice. I also want to add that the articles that appear in print are often heavily edited. The New Scientist article was actually cut in half. It's possible that the editor and not the writer was responsible for many of the omissions and misquotes. I know this happened with the Globe and Mail article.<br><br>
But I don't think we should be afraid to share our stories. So many people have no idea what a joyful experience birth can be. I plan on continuing to share my thoughts on the subject with anyone who will listen!<br>
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With any luck, magazines will start calling. They're usually SO much better about getting quotes right and the writers are truly ethical in most cases.<br><br>
Parenting Magazine (I know, I know, too mainstream, but this is just an example!) calls the person who was quoted to be SURE the quote is right. I've had calls TWO years after giving a quote (they're pretty slow about assigning articles and actually getting them to print).<br><br>
I did have one writer for an online ezine say that I used baby oil in my son's curly hair which was poo-poo'ed by the "expert" when I NEVER said (and have never used) baby oil. I know, not quite as important as accurate UC quotes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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I can'[t wait to read these articles!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lurk.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lurk">
 

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Laura,<br><br>
Thanks for your reply. I just e-mailed the woman, so we'll see. I think what you said about planting a seed is right on. I was talking about this with my mother and she said the same thing.<br><br>
I just finished reading that Salon article and all the responses (I responded too, under a different name) and was feeling a little despondent about reaching people, but then I have to remind myself that I didn't come to UC in some blinding flash of light, it was a process. And now I wouldn't do it any other way. So maybe just getting the word out, even in not-so-great articles, is a step in the right direction.
 
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