Rally to improve birthing set
by Haley Ferretti
Aug 25, 2013 | 3114 views | 0 0 comments | 153 153 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Local volunteers are expected to participate in the second annual Rally to Improve Birth from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 2 at the Crosstie Walking Trail in downtown Cleveland.

Cleveland is one of several cities across the nation that will be participating in the rally that day, which is being held in order to "call attention to the health care crisis around U.S. maternity care," according to the local media advisory.

Katie Rayburn is the volunteer representative for ImprovingBirth.org in the Cleveland and surrounding Mississippi Delta area.

"We're advocating for evidence-based care and humanity in childbirth," explained Rayburn. "Evidence-based care means practices proven by science to be best for moms and babies and humanity means respect for our bodies and our decisions in childbirth."

Rayburn hopes that the rally will bring awareness to an issue of which she believes many Americans are unaware.

"I think people assume that American maternity care is the best in the world, when, in fact, we rank near the bottom for health outcomes related to childbirth," said Rayburn.

"People just don't know that nine out of 10 women receive care that actually increases, rather than decreases, the risks of harm to us and our babies, and that so many of the routine practices we are subject to in birth are not based on what science has proven best for moms and babies."

Rayburn believes the rally will help shed light on some practices that she said are based on profit and business. "Once women realize that they deserve better, they can proactively find that better care."

There will be other Mississippi rallies taking place in Oxford, Jackson and Gulfport.

For more information on the Cleveland rally, contact Rayburn at (901) 258-3368.