The culture of obstetrical risk and active management of labour led a whole generation of women to loose confidence in their innate ability to birth their baby. A growing number of professional birth attendants (doctors and midwives) are now trying to step out of this “productivist” model. However, only well-informed users have the potential to foster a radical change of medical practice with the support of law-makers.
This year’s topic will be “Time for Birth.”
It will cover many aspects of the “industrial” obstetrical care: the phobia of post-term pregnancy, induction and “active management” of labour, rupturing membranes, immediate section of the chord etc.
We need to break the spell on this process by talking about time in a positive manner: the essential time it takes (or we ought to claim back) for birthing, both in the physical and in the psychic sense.
We invite parents, birth attendants, health professionals and all concerned citizens to campaign for this topic, ideally during the 15–21 May period. A few ideas:
- supplying more links and documents on this topic for the web pages and databases;
- commenting on existing resources;
- suggesting actions for individual, informal groups, non-profit societies, professional agencies and media in various countries;
- broadcasting information on the media;
- giving access to information to pregnant women (social welfare office, gatherings of mothers…) and teenagers;
- arranging meetings, conferences, interviews with the local press or radio;
- organizing all sorts of satellite events;
- translating the available material to more languages…
WRCW (SMAR in French) is launched at the initiative of Alliance Francophone pour l’Accouchement Respecté <https://afar.info>.
We invite you to visit last year’s web pages in English and Spanish: