Women Rally for Education, Respect During Birth

BRYAN, Texas A group of moms spent part of their Labor day braving the Texas heat, hoping to send a message to women everywhere.

The group in Bryan was one of many across the nation. People in 170 cities joined the Improving Birth Organization in an effort to educate women about their rights during birth.

Malina Duff organized Monday's event at Sue Haswell Park in Bryan. She said scientific evidence proves some of the birthing methods practiced at hospitals aren't necessary, and can even prove harmful to mothers and babies.

Officials with the organization said the C-section rate in Texas alone is around 35 percent. That's significantly higher than the 15 percent suggested by the World Health Organization.

Duff said continual heart monitoring is an example of a method that simply isn't scientifically proven.

"It increases the risk of C-section, and it does not improve the outcome for moms and babies," said Duff.

Duff said forcing women to lay down during birth is another example of something that's not scientifically proven to be the best for women. She said science suggests women should be able to move around during birth.

"Right now, evidence based care is not the standard of practice in most hospitals and places of birth," Duff said.

Duff said often times, hospitals put other concerns ahead of the mother's.

"Sometimes things like profit, liability or convenience are overriding what's best for mom and baby," Duff said.

Rachel Supercinski is a licensed Doula and child birth educator. She said giving birth is difficult enough for women. They shouldn't have to worry about doing things that may not be in their best interest.

"Almost every birth I've been to in the hospital has been women being forced to do things they aren't comfortable doing, and wouldn't be the best for them," said Supercinski.

Duff said women shouldn't be afraid to ask questions.

"You can refuse what the doctor says," said Duff. "I want women to know that their birth matters, and they can ask to be respected in child birth."

Officials with the group said women need to educate themselves and learn what science has to say about giving birth.


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