Birth Advocates educate and empower pregnant women and their families so they can make informed decisions regarding their health care.
Birth Advocates also work with health care providers, insurance companies, hospitals, and politicians to implement evidence based maternity care practices.
Currently a great need for birth advocacy exists with the cesarean rates in the U.S. at 33%, and women being denied access to choices such as VBAC and waterbirth. Not to mention, in parts of the United States women do not have access to midwifery care.
Birth Advocates are paid often as doulas and childbirth educators. They also work as volunteers within local, national, and international organizations. Some Birth Advocates blog and write articles about childbirth health care issues.
Think about how you can be a birth advocate empowering pregnant women around the world.
- Improving Birth.org
- Evidence Based Birth
- Citizens for Midwifery
- Alabama Birth Coalition
- International Cesarean Awareness Network