Protestors Push for Pregnant Women

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By Rochelle Dean

(WOLO) COLUMBIA,S.C., --

It's a International movement that's giving a new meaning to Labor day. Many women who've experienced those labor pains and the men who were by their sides during it, are now pushing for pregnant women to have more evidence based births.

Dozens of them brought their fight to the streets some with signs, and in some cases even with children in hand - just outside of the state house.

" It's a human rights issue. It's my choice where i have my baby, how i have my baby and with whom i have my baby and for that to be questioned is very upsetting."

Lesley Singleton is a certified Douala, a cheerleader if you will for women giving birth. Singleton says the first time she had a baby she had no clue what her options were. An occurrence many of these women say is all too common.
And soon some fear they may have fewer alternatives.

Several bills slated to be discussed in the upcoming legislative session could put new laws and regulations in place that govern birthing centers and may require mid-wives to work under the supervision of an obstetrician.

Whether you choose to have your child in a hospital - birth center or the privacy of your own home - these protestors say that choice should still be yours.

The group has started a facebook page and are asking people to post pictures about how they are trying to create more evidence based births along with the hash tag #break the silence.

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#break the silence said on Wednesday, Sep 3 at 7:42 PM

Let's get back to focusing on the real issue.

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hoothoot said on Wednesday, Sep 3 at 7:41 PM

Maybe our tax money should be used to educate people like you. Pathetic.

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Paola said on Wednesday, Sep 3 at 7:38 PM

* It shouldn't matter what century we may live in, every woman should have the right to birth how and where they choose. - Proud mother of a SAFE EVIDENCE BASED WATER BIRTH BABY and a future water birth baby on the way. - CBP -

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Paola said on Wednesday, Sep 3 at 7:29 PM

Honestly 'hootie', this wasn't a protest consisting of woman that believe 'their way is the right way'. Women should have the right to birth however and wherever they choose. Women should have the right to an evidence based birth. I can't imagine why any woman would want to live in a world in which a hospital birth was the only option or a home birth was mandatory. A world in which c-sections were done without consent or under false pretenses. Every woman should have the right to choose. I firmly believe that. A lot of woman firmly believe that.

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Jessica Love said on Tuesday, Sep 2 at 9:49 PM

Hootie, you need to severely do your research.

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Whitney said on Tuesday, Sep 2 at 1:52 PM

@hootie, not quite. Actually just to opposite. The US has some of the most technologically advanced medical care in the world, yet we have some of the WORST maternal and neonatal outcomes in the world. If the medical industry was so wonderful in this country wouldn't we have better outcomes? Let's face it, birth is fear based, birth is business and birth is NOT evidence based in the US. Improving Birth does not wish to tell every woman where or how she must give birth, only to advocate for EVIDENCE BASED medical practices and true informed consent and refusal. No more scare tactics, no more bullying, no more convenience medicine. Give us the information and allow us to decide for ourselves what decisions we would like to make. Whether in hospital, birth center or home, women and babies deserve better birth choices.

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hootie said on Tuesday, Sep 2 at 10:27 AM

A bunch of in-your-facers....MY WAY IS RIGHT and do NOT tell me different. HOME BIRTHS are dangerous.....I firmly believe that...In the PAST when hospitals/doctors/transportion WERE issues....most were born at home. SUCH is not the case in this century. A mother can BOND with her baby if she CHOOSES regardless of the location. NO TAX MONEY SHOULD BE USED FOR these select FEW....PATHETIC.

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