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Women are strong

That quote I see frequently… “We have a secret in our culture… and it’s not that birth is painful.  It’s that women are strong.” (Laura Stavoe Harm).

Well, it’s TRUE!

I was honored to witness a mom VBAC last week.  The words that come to mind are Amazing, Beautiful, and Magnificient.  I choose to see the beauty of a woman find her strength instead of focusing on the things that did not go according to plan.  While it was not the HBAC that was planned, but it was a VBAC- and it was Victorious.

Welcome to our world, little one… and congrats momma.  You did it, despite all odds.

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This definitely seems worthy of passing along!  Please do forward this information for the benefit of birthing mothers everywhere.

I am pleased to present the first-ever NAPW law student writing contests to expand the birthing rights conversation. Attached, you will find a more detailed description of the contests and how you or your organization can become a co-sponsor, and a file containing both writing prompts.

The first contest asks for a critical analysis of the absence of birthing rights issues from gender discrimination and feminist jurisprudence textbooks and curricula (in fact, none of the top three casebooks used in law school courses dedicated to gender and the law address the issue of childbirth or midwifery).

The second contest asks students to develop legal theories that can be used to challenge policies banning pregnant women from having a vaginal birth after a prior caesarean section (VBAC). This topic will encourage students to address a growing problem that has received very little attention from the feminist legal community both in academia and within the leading women’s rights legal advocacy organizations.

Please feel free to pass the writing prompts on to any law students (or law schools/journals) that you may know. There will be cash prizes  for the top three entries in each contest ($1000, $500, and $250; we hope to adjust these figures higher, pending funding!). Submission guidelines and other information will be available at www.advocatesforpregnantwomen.org. Further questions can be directed to writingcontest@advocatesforpregnantwomen.org. If you have questions about co-sponsorship, you can call me at 718-316-8922.

I hope that you will be as excited as I am, and will forward this email far and wide. I also hope that you will become a co-sponsor of this effort, which promises to yield some truly cutting-edge legal scholarship in an area that has been somewhat overlooked by the feminist legal academy.

Yours Sincerely,
Farah Diaz-Tello
Legal Intern
National Advocates for Pregnant Women

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This process

It’s interesting… how “real life” impedes on indirect knowledge. If you read online long enough, (some) natural birth advocates may (seem to) say that all interventions are bad. I myself used to lean that way. And yet now, I am sometime seeing it is those interventions that we eschew that can allow a woman to avoid interventions that are even more ‘meddlesome’.

I’m not sure I am done ruminating on this, or even saying it all that well… but I have seen some interventions help rather than hinder a mom. And in those cases, I am reminded that moderation is key.

Some interventions do have their place. But ideal outcome must be balanced with perceptive care and recognition that there is both a baby and a mother affected by the care, or lack thereof that is given.

And this is way off-topic, but man… the elliptical machine at the gym is kicking my butt. Literally. 😉

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To VBAC, or not

This is posted on the Business of Being Born website: ACOG Responds Regarding VBACs, I Respond Back. I tell you, it boggles my mind that American women are told they don’t have the right to the birth of their choice. Many women with prior Cesarean(s) have been forced to undergo major abdominal surgery because their hospital has banned VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean). The letter posted in the link above includes some of the current statistics regarding the risks of VBAC and the risks of a repeat Cesarean.

I’ll say it again, if you haven’t had a Cesarean yet, do everything you can do prevent one and then you don’t have to battle for your right to give birth vaginally!

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