"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." Nelson Mandela
Every day in America, these rights are whittled away and we don't even know it! When a woman learns that she might be thrown in jail for choosing her homebirth, will it dissuade her? When a midwife learns that the next birth she attends could wind up with her in handcuffs, will she attend it? When a doctor learns that he may be forced to pay hundreds and thousands of dollars for his own defense to the very hospital he works for simply because he believes in physiological birth, will he continue to defend it? Fear does funny things to people. Some will stand for their principles no matter the cost but many others will crumble.
The purpose of this website is to help give wind under the wings of the injured. To help bring back the humanity of those who have had it forcibly taken away. To help these people stand tall in their decision to assist families, no matter the cost. To help families who choose homebirths to stand beside their midwives, even when the prosecution threatens them.
Will you allow birth rights to be whittled down? Will you allow women to choose to birth in the hospital simply because they have no other alternative? Will you allow midwives to follow other career paths because they fear for their own safety and that of their own family? Will you allow doctors to cave under the pressure of cesarean happy, litigation fearing hospital groups? Will you allow families to be torn apart because they decide to have their baby at home, unassisted? Will you allow the government, or anyone for that matter, to decide where and how women give birth? Or will you decide that decision is best left to the mother herself?
Will you make a stand???