Cesarean Awareness Month Fundraiser

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ICAN of Huntsville is selling t-shirts and panties for Cesarean Awareness Month as a fundraiser for our chapter. If you would like to place an order please fill out the form herehttp://tinyurl.com/ican-hvll-cam . Current ICAN members will receive a 10% discount. Bundle a NEW membership with a t-shirt and get your panties for free! We will be taking pre-orders during the month of April, and shirts will be ready around the 2nd week of May. Shirts are 100% ring spun cotton in silver with a crew neck.

Thank you so much for your support. As a non-profit organization, ICAN relies on donations and fundraising to afford educational tools, supplies, and fund outreach.

 

LETTER: Legalize midwifery in Alabama | GadsdenTimes.com

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LETTER: Legalize midwifery in Alabama

   Published: Monday, February 3, 2014 at 6:40 p.m.

The birth of a child is perhaps the most spiritual and deeply personal event in  human existence, yet Alabama mothers have very little control over where and with whom they endure and celebrate this miraculous occasion.

After much prayer and research, my husband and I decided to seek the services of a Certified Professional Midwife for the birth of our first child. Since that option was not available here in Alabama, I traveled to Chattanooga, Tenn., to birth my son at my midwife’s home in September 2013.

Because my pregnancy remained low risk up until delivery, it was statistically as safe or safer for me to deliver in an out-of-hospital setting as compared to a hospital birth under the care of an OB/GYN.

The state of maternal care in Alabama is not admirable. Our Caesarean section rate is more than 35 percent, significantly higher in some hospitals, and exceeds the national average. Home births are legal in Alabama, but midwives — medical professionals who are trained to provide care to low-risk mothers in and out of the hospital setting — are not.

Please visit http://www.alabamabirthcoalition.com for more information. To support the Homebirth Safety Act of 2014, a bill aiming to decriminalize midwifery in Alabama, contact your senator and ask him or her to support SB 99, tentatively up for public hearing Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Meagan Posey Winningham

Rainbow City

via LETTER: Legalize midwifery in Alabama | GadsdenTimes.com.

Alabama should authorize practice of midwives (Your view) | AL.com

ICAN supports women’s birth choices. Free the midwives. Here is an editorial written to shed light on the injustice in Alabama mother’s birth rights right now.  Please click the link above if you’d like to know how to help change this.

“Letter to the Editor

My baby has a birth cer4QGR_BirthRighttificate from a different state than the one in which we reside. This wasn’t a mistake; we planned to drive out of Alabama during early labor. I made the informed choice to have my baby out-of-hospital, attended by a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM). But in order to have that happen legally, I had to travel an hour and a half during my labor to Tennessee, one of the 28 states that authorize the practice of CPMs. My contractions rolled on, as did our tires along the road.

Not everyone is nestled in the great Tennessee Valley, with midwives willing to “border jump” with them, or receive them from out of state. This option isn’t feasible for all Alabama mothers. It wasn’t an easy option for my family. Logistically,it was definitely more difficult, especially with two other children. But we made the sacrifice because I wanted this birth to be different than my previous births. I wanted to entrust my care to a provider with a better cesarean rate than 38.8% and a better VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) rate than 1%. It is shocking but true that those are Huntsville Hospital’s statistics for 2010! Overall, Alabama has the sixth highest cesarean rate in the nation.

I am confident that I made the right choice for my family but it is outrageous that I had to leave Alabama in order to get the safe, low-intervention maternity care that I deserve.

Brianna T. Barker

Huntsville”

via Alabama should authorize practice of midwives (Your view) | AL.com.