Laboring Parents Under Fire

How Doulas Can Help

By Abbey Barnosky

I Want To Join The Fight!

 

If you are reading this, you either are a doula and/or you believe in the work of a doula to impact families across the world. And for that, I thank you!

But more than that, you want to be a part of an army of warriors! Who have decided enough is enough!

The truth is that a hundred years ago, we gave the medical community all of the power. We said we trusted them with our very lives. And for the most part, they have been champions of that trust! Making medical advancements and bringing healing to countless people. And that gift of their hard work and sacrifices is a beautiful and amazing gift! And I want to especially call out those who went above and beyond their oath to do no harm and additionally donate time and resources beyond what they are asked to do. They are heroes, and we need them!

But…

Sadly there are many care providers in the midst of the sea of amazing care providers who have come to believe their position of power puts their will above the will of their patients. And because of people like that, families are being mistreated, abused, and even assaulted in medical settings.

Birth Plans are proof of this. Because if every care provider were asking permission before performing each procedure, we wouldn’t need birth plans. But we do, even many, if not most, care providers encourage a birth plan because they know that informed consent is not the norm.

As you probably know, Doulas are one of the many resources in the front line fight for informed consent. We hold care providers and hospital staff accountable! We also inform our clients on how to advocate for themselves. Doulas are essential because families are essential! Because human beings are essential!

So, now what can you do? What can we do? Because regardless of what happens in this pandemic, I am making it my personal mission that when the next pandemic comes, no one would even THINK of banning doulas!

There are many ways that you can take extra steps to help the cause! Pick the one that most resonates with you. Because to fight this fight, we need more than just good ideas; we need fire; we need drive; we need you!

How you can help!

I found this website that offers a 1-week free subscription to be able to contact celebrities! Utilize this free week or even get a month if you can afford to and flood these influencers with emails about the petition! Choose any celebrity, but it might be extra helpful to choose ones who have a reason to be passionate about this cause. Maybe they had a doula, are passionate about healthcare reform, or have been sexually assaulted.
– Contact 59,000 Celebrities: https://contactanycelebrity.com/

Write to governing authorities. If you are unsure of what or how to phrase your letter, I have stock letters on my COVID resource page!
– COVID resource page: https://voicesofeve.net/COVID/

Share the petition on your business page or personal page. Share about why you believe it is important! I have been sharing along with quotes from the online document I have available for people to share their birth trauma. There are 187 stories so far!
– Abuse in Pregnancy Labor and Birth Public Doc:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1grAoRTM6r7Bukww3fKA7eJyRT9oRj5crALm0nJSNMUs/edit#heading=h.shke8fr2gph0

Share about the petition with a local small business you follow! Maybe they will share it on their business pages! Try and choose ones that have a reason to be passionate about it. Like Birthing Centers!

Petition: http://chng.it/sxRZn5XP

Contact local hospitals and demand they look at the evidence of doula care! I have stock letters to hospitals on my resource page too!
– COVID resource page: https://voicesofeve.net/COVID/

Contact news organizations about the petition!
Organize a peaceful protest or prayer walk around a hospital, governing authority, or other location. Always be peaceful! Always be kind! Never be silent.

Author: Abbey Barnosky

Voicesofeve@yahoo.com

(304)203-6688

Voicesofeve.net

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