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Today we were honored to participate in the Augusta, GA Improving Birth – National Rally for Change!
There was a really nice turnout of about 15 adults, 6 little babies, and a toddler! The weather was gorgeous, if a little bit warm, but we hung in there and had some very nice reactions from the community! We stood on the corner of Walton Way and 15th Street right by Georgia Health Sciences/MCG Hospital and near University Hospital and there was quite a lot of traffic considering that it’s Labor Day!
We did get some confused looks from a few of the people in cars, but overall, everyone was so nice and friendly! A police officer stopped by to say hello and to ask more about what our goal was. He knew about the rising c-section rate and was very supportive.
A couple of nurses – one of them an OB nurse – stopped by and thanked us for what we were doing and expressed their support. One of the nurses parked and came to talk to us for a little while. His wife had a natural birth and he was very supportive and interested in what we were doing.
Several women rolled down their windows and asked questions about c-sections and inductions. We had more than a few people – men and women – honk and wave and give us a thumbs-up as they drove past.
This was a wonderful experience and we are planning to be a part of any future birth rallies in Augusta! Thank you to everyone who came and to Improving Birth for organizing this National Rally for Change and giving us the opportunity to be a part of their nationwide effort to improve maternity care in America!!!
Tonight is our Birthing Connections meeting and we hope to see many of you there! The topic is “Choosing Your Care Provider” and we have a woman speaking who has experienced care with a Home Birth Midwife, a Certified Nurse-Midwife in a hospital, and an Obstetrician, so she is uniquely qualified to talk about this topic. We’re excited to hear what she has to say!