IDEAS FOR BIRTH ACTIVISM
  • Educate yourself on ALL of your options for birth. 
  • Share your positive birth stories with anyone that is interested. Encourage other mothers and fathers to do the same.
  • If you've recently given birth, go to The Birth Survey and take the survey -- and then pass this along to any of your friends that may be eligible to fill out the survey as well.
  • Sign up to help get maternity intervention statistics from your state public health department -- contact cimsgrassroots@yahoo.com.
  • Be positive and encouraging to every pregnant woman that you encounter. Wish her well in her birth experience. Mention that BirthNetwork National is a resource to learn more about her options.
  • Offer to share your birth and/or breastfeeding experiences with local childbirth education classes, breastfeeding support groups (La Leche League), and mothers groups.
  • Offer to become a “breastfeeding mentor” to pregnant family members, friends, co-workers, etc.
  • Write to your medical care providers about the quality of your birth experience.
  • Seek out insurance that covers “alternative” care.
  • Breastfeed in public, wherever you want to, whenever you need to.
  • Refuse “free” formula samples given out by hospitals and doctors offices. Offer to educate them on supportive breastfeeding policies and what “mother-friendly” and “baby-friendly” care is all about.
  • Write letters to the editor (magazines, newspapers, etc.) to encourage them to promote normal birth and the midwifery model of care.
  • Distribute BirthNetwork National brochures and mother-friendly Resource Guides within your community.
  • Find out if your local library displays and distributes your BirthNetwork National chapter's Birth and Beyond Provider Resource Guide. If not, offer to keep your library stocked.
  • Find out if your local OB-GYN, Midwife, Chiropractor, Pediatrician, etc. displays and distributes BirthNetwork’s Birth and Beyond Provider Resource Guide. If not, offer to bring them a steady supply to keep in stock.
  • Purchase books or videos for your local BirthNetwork National chapter's Book and Video Lending Library.
  • Keep up-to-date on birth and breastfeeding-related legislative issues within local and national government. Write letters of support or protest to your local legislators and make sure your opinions are heard.
  • Consider volunteering with BirthNetwork National–either within a local chapter or on the national Board.
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