Sunday, April 20, 2008

Drowning in a Think Tank

I was thinking about Monkey Mama's response to the Birth Abuse post. I also perused her blog, which I recommend In thinking about this for weeks now, I've bruised my brain trying to come up with a way to communicate with first timers. I think I may have come up with something. Instead of scary cautionary tales- why not give them a new standard to shoot for? Instead of a list of dos and don'ts, how about a list goals to aim for achieving? (I didn't promise this was Nobel Prize level thinking) Why not encourage women with a new paradigm of birth and then send them out into the world with an objective list that care providers and hospitals and birth centers need to measure up to? I've contacted a friend who is a banker, to get guidance on setting up a non-prof. I'd be happy to hear from others.


TFJ said...

what would the standards be? the 6 lamaze birth ones? motherfriendly? I think that we all have these great ideas, but HOW do we get the point across? TFJ is set to go non-profit, but what does that mean and where does the money come from and for what reason? For example, what objective are we trying to meet that others will give money for??? Reducing cesareans? But, we need a reason. I am seeing studies finally coming out that are saying cesareans are not best for baby. Increasing home birth? Increasing natural birth (no meds)? I have been doing hard thinking too (we seem to be on the same path here) but am not sure what the next step is...

ps, I like the "green birth" title :)

This is my work in progress- though I am thinking it should be childbirth and not just midwifery.

Laborpayne said...

I'm working on those answers- will post them soon.