I consider myself an advocate of choice.
I probably make choices some women wouldn't be interested in making, such as finding a midwife to provide my prenatal care and attend me when our baby is born. No, no doctor. I am not ill- if I were ill, I would need a doctor.
I am, though, pregnant- and that means I want a midwife. Someone trained in normal birth.
In the state of NC, Certified Professional Midwives are only able to practice illegally. If they are found to be attending women, they can be charged with all sorts of crimes- and many of us are hoping that this is the year that will change.
Here are some of my photos from the rally in support of midwives.
I took Keelin and Tequita, my doula's, teenage daughter Rachel with me since Tequita was attending a birth!
(I won't be posting pictures of Rachel, though, since I don't have Tequita's permission.)
A sign made by Tequita!
Baby Finn came, too!
Miss Keelin and her sign!
Teaching Keelin that you have to tell people what you want, sometimes.
And it was HOT out there!!
I want her to have access to ANY birth attendant she chooses when she delivers her own babies-
an OB-GYN or a CPM.
She deserves that right. The right of choice.
Laying in my lap in the shade from my sign!
Enjoying a Birth day cupcake.
Gotta love the North Carolina Friends of Midwives!
My strawberry cake! mmm
Me and my girl- about to head home.
It was hot hot hot- but so glad we decided to go!
My little activist!
Just a few of the people rallying at the legislative building!
The women of NC deserve CPMs!
We heart midwives!
Make CPMs legal in our state!
And my favorite.
"Please, NC- Legalize my Mommy's MIDWIFE!"
Certified Professional Midwives, with all of their experience and talent, are forced to work underground in the conditions created by the state of North Carolina. One of our area's most beloved and famous midwives is facing a slew of criminal charges, none of them warranted. They are open to regulation, they just want to be able to attend their clients without fear of jail time. Women that hire CPMs to attend them during their births choose them because we are educated about what we want, not because we are uneducated about risk factors, legalities, and that sort of business.
We need to protect these treasures of women's health and women's rights.
We deserve the option of choosing our birth and birth attendants!
Every state surrounding NC has legalized midwives-
time to get out of the dark ages, NC.
Give us our midwives.
Even if you do not choose a homebirth, some of us dream of them.