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Nearly 10,000 rally for the “largest women’s rights issue in decades"

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National Rally for Change event to continue annually “until American birth is safer”

San Diego (Sharewellnewswire.com ) September 7, 2012 -- This Labor Day, Sept. 3, more than 9,500 women, their families, and birth and medical professionals gathered near local hospitals in over 100 cities across the U.S. The first National Rally for Change was created to bring awareness to the lack of evidence-based maternity care and the need for safe, informed birth choices for women. Today, Dawn Thompson, event organizer and founder of ImprovingBirth.org, stated: “With an estimate of over 600,000 medically unnecessary cesareans in the U.S. each year (per World Health Organization guidelines), we are committed to continuing to educate and promote awareness for evidence-based and safer birth practices."

Women in the U.S. face a greater risk of maternal death than nearly all European countries, Canada, and several countries in Asia and the Middle East, according to Amnesty International.

“The first step to fixing any problem is being aware that there is one. Most women just aren’t aware how out of line we are with worldwide health standards, and they often believe they are being given true and accurate information by their care provider,” said Thompson. “We want every woman in America to know: you and your baby deserve better than the “routine” care that is often outdated and full of measurements from technology that have proven to be grossly inaccurate—you deserve the safest, most modern, science-based care. And you deserve to make safe, informed choices.”

Many U.S. hospitals and providers claim to practice evidence-based care, but the numbers do not support this claim. If all hospitals were practicing evidence-based maternity care, we would not have such a high rate of artificial induction of labor (34%), high surgical birth rates (over 32%), or such low instances of Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (7%). Routine use of non-evidence based maternity care practices contributes to the one in three American births that end in surgical delivery. Examples of other practices that have been proven not only unnecessary, but potentially harmful, include denying a laboring woman food and drink (60%), restricting the movements of a laboring woman to the hospital bed (76%), artificially accelerating labor with medications (47%), and continuous electronic fetal monitoring (94%). These practices, while common, are not evidence based. (See References, below.)

“Evidence-based care is about continually updating our clinical practices using the best and most current research available to us," said researcher and university nursing professor Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN. “In academia, we’ve been pushing evidence-based care as the gold standard for decades—but there have been barriers to implementing it in the clinical setting. It is so exciting to see consumers discovering the concept of evidence-based practice and gathering together to demand the better care that can and should be available to them."

Thompson said, “This isn’t about limiting choices—it’s about more information and better choices. It’s about access to the very best information so that women can work together with their health care providers towards informed, safe decisions about their bodies and their babies.”

“We are thrilled and humbled by the response to this first-time event. It shows this growing outcry across our country for more modern and more humane maternity care. This Labor Day, thousands of women and families, doctors, nurses, midwives, and doulas came together to say, ‘We deserve better. Our babies deserve better.’

“American maternity care must change, and we're taking to the streets until it does.”

For more information visit www.ImprovingBirth.org

References

National Institutes of Health “Contemporary Cesarean Delivery Practice in the United States” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2947574/
Childbirth Connection’s “Best Evidence: C-Section”: http://www.childbirthconnection.org/article.asp? ck=10166
National Institutes of Health’s Consensus Statement on Vaginal Birth After Cesarean http://consensus.nih.gov/2010/vbacstatement.htm
Chilbirth Connection’s “Listening to Mothers” Survey: http://www.childbirthconnection.org/article.asp? ClickedLink=205&ck=10068&area=2

Contact Info:
Dawn Thompson
(760) 840-8723
dawn.thompson@gmail.com

Source: http://www.sharewellnewswire.com/nearly-10000-rally-for-the-largest-womens-rights-issue-in-decadesquot-2715.htm/#ixzz25mGn2FlA

 

 


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I am very suprised at these number but at the same time I am not. I think we have very good medical care compared to some other countries. I also think that ours could be better I think woemn have a right to al least know what the best medical care out their is. Even if it is not avalable to them they should at least know it would be somewhere else. I Was disapointed to read that many other countries have a higher survival rate than we do. 

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Leading Afghan women's rights activist murdered while on her way to work - GlobalPost

Stars and StripesLeading Afghan women's rights activist murdered while on her way to workGlobalPostRashida Manjoo, the expert charged by the UN Human Rights Council with investigating and reporting on violence against women recently stated that...

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Nadia Sediqqi was shot on her way to work one day. Nadia Sediqqi has been fighting for womens rights in other countries. Many female Afghan government officials go with out bodygards and a lot of them get shot or hurt in some other ways. I think the women should have bodygards or someone else with them for their own saftey.

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Dillon Romain's curator insight, December 14, 2012 11:53 AM

This article is a good example as to how much more power men think that they have over women. As soon as a woman tries to step up and make a difference for other women she is shot dead.

Alaina Rahn's comment, September 23, 2013 9:53 AM
I think that in many countries around the world women do not have any rights. Nadia Sediqqi was shot when she tried to fight for women's rights. If someone shot her they most likely didn't like what she was fighting for or obviously thoughts she was a threat. More needs to be done about women's rights in some countries.
kayla ryun's comment, October 1, 2013 9:50 AM
I think it's sad that men think they are always in charge, I think women should be able to stand up for themselves without getting shot.
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Afghan Womens' Limitations

     There are many things that Afghan women are not allowed to do.  Among these things are choosing marriage mates, voting, working and their right to inheritance has been taken away.

 

     There are many organizations that have tried to take over Afhghanistan in the past.  Among these organizations is The Taliban.  Under Taliban rule, women were forbidden to work, could not leave their houses alone, they were not allowed to seek medical help from a male doctor and they were forced to wear the all-covering Burqa.  After all this their financial situation diteriorated greatly.  Some women were forced to be beggars and even prostitutes in order to provide for their families.

 

     After the five-year-long Taliban rule the political and cultural position of Afghan women has improved substantially.  Men and women now have equal rights.  Included in this privelege, women have been allowed back to work, no longer are forced to wear a burqa and have even been appointed to prominent positions in government.  However, repression is still prominent in some rural areas.  They are still forced into marriages and numerous schools for girls have been burned down.

 

There are several organizations that are helping with this issue.  A couple of those are RAWA(Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan) and AWO(Afghan Womens' Organization).  RAWA is the oldest organization made for Afghan women struggling for peace, freedom, democracy and Afghan womens' rights since 1977.  Their founder, Meena, was a victim of martyrdom in 1987.  Their slogan is "If you are a freedom-loving, anti-fundementalist, you are with RAWA.  Support and help us."  AWO works with refugees and imigrants, and those who have experienced wars and persecution with a special focus on women and their families.  Its mission is to improve their quality of life and to promote their social and economical inclusion in order to enable them to become contributing members to Afghan society and to live in dignity.


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I think women should be able to choose who the marry. Even though is some countries they are not allowed to. Some women get their inheritance taken away from the minute thy get it. That is not fair to them it shuld be theirs to keep. Afgan women are not allowed to vote even though they should be able too. I think women should have the same rights as men.

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All In agenda: Mitch McConnell, champion of women's rights ...

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 23, 2013, (Photo by J. Scott Applewhite/AP). Tuesday night on All In with Chris Hayes: over the holiday weekend, ...
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I think that our government needs to do more to fight for womens rights in other countries. It is not fair to women in other countries that they dont have many rights at alll. I think our government should step in and help the women that dont have many wormens rights.

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Oprah Winfrey on womens rights - by Marcus Brooks - Helium

Oprah Winfrey on womens rights - by Marcus Brooks - Helium | Womens Rights | Scoop.it
Oprah Winfrey grew up a poor, black girl facing all sorts of social disadvantages. Despite her early struggles, she became a worldwide, media mogu..., Marcus Brooks

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Aireas Ashley's curator insight, January 17, 2013 2:37 PM

She seeks for equality for women rights.

Alaina Rahn's comment, October 4, 2013 11:43 AM
I think Oprah has done a lot for women's rights. She has built schools in other countries for women. I think she has played a big role herself. She has also helped with a lot of at risk family's.
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U.N. Details Widespread Abuse Of Afghan Women And Girls

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KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan women are frequent victims of abuse, despite some success by authorities in prosecuting rape cases, forced marriages and domestic violence under a 3-year-old law, according to a report issued Tuesday by the United Nations.

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Payton Belloma's comment, October 1, 2013 9:41 AM
This article makes me happy to be where I am. I'm glad I don't have to see women be treated like that. I think other women here should also be happy to be where they are
Afra Sengul's comment, October 1, 2013 7:00 PM
This article literally made me upset, and I feel bad that not everyone, including women, can't be free and not have to worry about anything in their daily lives. I am blessed to know I'm safe where I am, but hope that in every country, things will change and that no one has to be treated badly.
Alaina Rahn's comment, October 4, 2013 11:39 AM
This article is very sad but It is what a lot of womens lives are like in other countries. I dont think it is fair that some women have to like like this. I think this should be stopped. Other countries need to help stop this from continuing.
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WOMENS RIGHTS - ARGENTINA

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Argentina is moving backwards in terms of maternal mortality, with a rate three times higher than those of its neighbours Chile and Uruguay. Maternal deaths, which are actually increasing, are often the result of unsafe abortions, in a country where the practice is illegal. These are the conclusions of social organisations that monitor the official statistics on deaths of healthy young women from pregnancy-related causes. Complications related to pregnancy and childbirth are the main cause of death among young women, and many of these deaths are the result of abortion, which is only legal in this country in specific circumstances, such as rape. According to the latest Health Ministry statistics, from 2009, the maternal mortality rate that year was 55 per 100,000 live births, higher than the 2008 figure of 44 per 100,000 live births. The ministry attributed the rise to the H1N1 flu epidemic. Under the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted in 2000, one of which is to reduce maternal mortality by 75 percent by 2015, from 1990 levels, Argentina's target is 13 maternal deaths for every 100,000 live births by 2015. As part of MDG 5, on maternal health, Argentina has also made a commitment to close the gap in the mortality rate between the different provinces. But the gap keeps growing, especially between Buenos Aires and northern provinces like Jujuy or Formosa, where maternal mortality is at least twice the national average.The Foundation for Studies and Research on Women (FEIM) warned that there is also "a high level of underreporting" of maternal deaths, a large proportion of which she said are "preventable or avoidable." FEIM director Dr. Mabel Bianco told IPS that although Argentina has health and sex education programmes that are essential to addressing the problem, the public is still largely unaware of the services that are available, such as free birth control. In neighbouring countries like Chile or Uruguay, where universal access to such programmes has been guaranteed "for decades," the results are clear, she said. In Chile, the maternal mortality rate is 20 per 100,000 live births, while in Uruguay it is 15 per 100,000, she noted, citing statistics from 2005.


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Alaina Rahn's comment, October 1, 2013 9:30 AM
I think the United States should start helping women of other countries fight for their rights. I also think abortion is wrong but it should be the mothers choice if she wants to or not. It it her baby the government should not be able to tell the mother that she can't get an abortion. The country should also be doing this and educating women on how to not get pregnant so there would be less abortions. Complications with pregnancy are the main cause of death among women in these countries. The women need better heath care especially when pregnant.
Iloria Phoenix's comment, October 3, 2013 10:00 AM
I agree I think that not only the U.S but the super powers around the world should start providing health care for poorer countries to prevent women's death from birthing. Also I agree that the U.S needs to educate young women better so that there is less unwanted pregnancy
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Native Women, Even Babies, Exploited In Lake Superior Sex Trade - Mintpress News

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Native Women, Even Babies, Exploited In Lake Superior Sex Trade Mintpress News A tugboat and freight liner ship on a Lake Superior bay in Duluth, Minnesota, similar to those carrying Native women and children for sex trade across the Canadian and...
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kayla ryun's comment, October 1, 2013 9:28 AM
I think that it's sad that women and children are getting forced to be in the sex trade.
Alaina Rahn's comment, October 1, 2013 9:42 AM
I think this is very sad. Most people don't think it happens in the United States. Most would say it only happens in other countries. It doesn't just happen in other countries it happens in the United States and Canada. Women and children are being sold to other people (sometimes even babies). I think this is a huge problem that has to stop! 92% of women in the sex trade don't want to be in it. They are either forced into it or have to just to have shelter. I think our Government needs to do something to stop this!
Iloria Phoenix's comment, October 3, 2013 1:28 PM
I agree this is very sad and I hope that are investigators make it a top priority to bust Sex trades and make precautions and securities to prevent this.