You have a choice to make.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013, a friend, teacher, mentor, and fellow midwife, Rowan Bailey, as we know and love her was arrested for murder in Asheville, NC. North Carolina prohibits the practice of midwifery by traditional community midwives and CPM's.
At this time, the details of the case are not available until we have more input from Rowan's attorney.
Pregnancy and birth are the most natural processes in the human experience. This process has been supported, facilitated and protected since the dawn of time by the midwife. Today, in the United States, over 98 percent of all births occur in a hospital setting; a medical facility. Just under 2% of births occur at home with a midwife. Are we really going to allow birth to be fully owned and operated by medical practitioners and surgeons? We inherently have rights to choose who, where, and how we birth.
The United States ranks 34th in the world in infant mortality. Babies die in the hospital all the time. These numbers are unacceptable, yet persist despite the amount of dollars the U.S. spends on birth technology and interventions.
Midwives provide a choice in birth for families who want less medical intervention, and who want to preserve the spirit of birth.
The way we birth is a HUMAN RIGHTS issue and we must embrace it with compassion, love, and responsibility.
To learn more about Birth as a Human Rights Issue, please go to http://www.midwiferytoday.com/confer...anrightssummit
Your Midwives Need Your Support Now!
One midwife, arrested for MURDER, needs $15,000 NOW for bail.
The law under which she was arrested is http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Sessions...PDF/H215v1.pdf
Your funds will be directly used to pay for the bail of our community midwife, and any additional funds will be used for attorney fees, and/or other midwives in a similar situation.
Where will it stop?
If we allow one midwife to be tried and convicted for murder, where will it stop?
Murder is the intentional loss of life; acting in order to destroy life.
Midwives, the keepers of the sacred in birth, are called to protect the rights of mothers and babies. Though babies die, midwives are not murderers.
Women and families are responsible for choosing their birth attendants and their place of birth.
If we allow our freedoms in birth to be taken away, what freedom is next?
Please send this campaign out to your communities, your families, and your midwives.
Please send thoughts and prayers to all midwives who are in service to families around the world.
Many, many blessings.