Birth rights are human rights.
For a growing number of women, a shift is taking place when it comes to pregnancy and birth in our modern culture. The truth about birth is returning to the light and is being embraced by more and more women and their families. It’s a kind of reclaiming of a natural rite of passage and it’s nothing less than transcendent for all humankind.
“Peace on earth begins with birth,” –Jeannine Parvati Baker.
Our children deserve to be brought into the world with trust, gentleness and love. Ultimately, to be treated as whole, sentient human beings before, during and after birth is a basic human right.
My journey towards this transcendence began with my own pregnancy and birth of my daughter. Despite having a healthy pregnancy, I found myself having to face the pervading fear and I discovered the extent to which our culture does not support the idea that birth is safe or that a woman is perfectly capable of making the decisions in pregnancy and birth.
When pregnancy/birth is viewed only as an illness and treated as a medical event women and their babies suffer.
I have come to know that when a woman is connected to her innate power and is supported in an environment where birth is respected, that it is the woman that makes the wisest and safest decisions for herself and for her baby. Indeed, it is her right as the authority in childbirth to choose the circumstances of how, where and with whom she gives birth. The result is an empowered birth regardless of where it takes place and who, if anyone, is in attendance.
I am not a midwife or a health care provider. I am a mother who believes that birth is normal: that birth is “as safe as life gets” (Harriette Hartigan).
“Birth Belongs to Mamas and their Babies,” –quote borrowed from Carla Hartley