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National rally to improve birth scheduled for Sept 1

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Improving Birth Houston, whose mission is to bring evidence-based care and humanity to childbirth, is hosting a rally on Monday, September 1, 10 am-12 pm, on the Promenade at Discovery Green. Park-goers are encouraged to participate in the rally by holding signs (provided by Improving Birth Houston) and directing those who are unfamiliar with the movement to their informational tents.

Never heard of evidence-based care? Here's the scoop: Evidence-based maternity care is healthcare based on the latest, highest quality medical evidence that's most beneficial to mom's and babies (think fewer incidences of injuries and complications during birth) while also taking into account an individual woman's values. It's more patient-centered than physician-centered; it takes into consideration the patient's personal preferences and cultural beliefs, and is generally more empowering for the patient by reducing the number of unwanted and unneeded healthcare interventions.

With over 1 million c-sections performed in the U.S. each year and strict VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) bans in 40 percent of American hospitals, it's easy for pregnant women to feel helpless. Improving Birth Houston not only educates pregnant women about their potential childbirth options, it offers valuable information about birth trauma and how to overcome it.

From ImprovingBirth.org:

"This movement isn’t about natural birth vs. medicated birth. It’s not about hospital birth vs. homebirth or birth center birth.

It’s about women being capable of making safer, more informed decisions about their care and that of their babies, when they are given full and accurate information about their care options, including the potential harms, benefits, and alternatives. It’s about respect for women and their decisions in childbirth, including how, where, and with whom they give birth; and the right to be treated with dignity and compassion."

The family friendly event, located at 1500 McKinney Street, will have goodie bags, activities for the kids, and lots of fun giveaways.

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