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Moms rally for a more informed labor process

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This labor day many moms are banding together to try to improve what some are calling a crisis for women.  The group called "Improving Birth" has planned rallies in 170 cities worldwide, including several in Central Florida. 

Organizers are calling attention to maternal healthcare.  Society calls childbirth the miracle of life, but many people are now saying the process of giving birth needs to be reborn iItself.

Just ask Central Florida native Brandy Harrison.

"I went in and I actually had an induction," said Harrison. "I did end of having a vaginal birth, but I had lots of intervention along the way."

She made sure she wouldn't have to repeat that process.  Her second child was born at home in a birthing pool.

Lisa Bachab had a similar experience.

"I was told that cesarean was the only option I had," said Bachab. "I just went with it."

The local mother of two said she had her first daughter through a C-section, and was told she couldn't have a vaginal birth for her second daughter. She did her research, and had a home delivery with her youngest daughter.

"This really isn't about me," Bachab said. "This is about the fact that one in three births in our nation are {sic} surgical deliveries, and 9 out of 10 of those deliveries will go on to have repeat cesareans."

Both moms paired up with doula Michelle Isla and birth photographer Lora Vail to organize the "2013 Rally to Improve Birth" in Altamonte Springs. This is the second year for the event.

Orlando families are joining an estimated 12,000 parents, healthcare providers and advocates to call attention to the issue.

The organization, ImprovingBirth.org, is a national nonprofit advocacy organization that is dedicated to evidence-based, humane maternity care.

All involved say the rally is all about educating the public; ensuring moms to be know they have options.

"The first thing is that they should know that we spend the most money on healthcare, specifically on maternal healthcare than any other country, yet we have the lowest, the worst outcomes than any developed country," said Isla.

Organizers are calling for less medical intervention.

According to the World Health Organization, Florida's C-section rate is 32.8-percent. That figure is more than double the highest recommended rate of 15%.

Organizers said it is a sign that moms, dads, and even those without children, like Vail, need to speak up.

"I haven't had children yet, but I feel like every woman needs to be informed of her options in child birth before she gets pregnant," said Vail. "That way she can have the best knowledge and the most information going into it so she can avoid negative experiences before they even happen."

Three local rallies will take place Monday at 10 a.m. Orlando's rally will be held on S.R. 436 at the Altamonte Mall (403 E Altamonte Dr Altamonte Springs, FL 32701). There will also be a rally in Ocala and a third in Melbourne.

For more information, visit www.rallytoimprovebirth.com or www.ImprovingBirth.org.

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