I was browsing one of my Google alerts today, and look what I discovered:
She had an extremely popular daytime talk show for 11 seasons and has just produced the new documentary, “The Business Of Being Born.” Wednesday, RICKI LAKE will join me to talk about her incredible documentary that examines childbirth. I’ll ask her how it feels to have a film of her giving birth in a bathtub, in theaters across America, why she thinks a homebirth with a midwife might be safer than in a hospital and how her new single life is going.
Ricki Lake will be on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday, December 19 if you’re interested in watching it! Click here to find out when the show airs in your area.
Now if only we could get OPRAH interested in these sorts of topics . . .
It’s official. There’s no turning back now. I have succeeded in starting a local chapter of the International Cesarean Awareness Network. I consider my area to include Missoula Valley, the Bitterroot Valley (at least to Hamilton), down the Hellgate Canyon (like to Clinton), and out to Arlee. Really anyone who wants to get to a meeting that is in the area is welcome to attend! We are the first and only chapter in Montana though I know that there are women in Helena and Billings working to start chapters too.
I wrote down a short list of goals the other day:
Help women (and men) in my area know that there are choices to be made with regard to prenatal care and childbirth
Raise awareness – the cesarean rate at Community Hospital is not good – 30+%; according to hospital sources, there were only 16 VBACs performed at Community last year
Encourage pregnant women to seek out independent childbirth education; be a local facilitator for natural childbirth support
Plant seeds at the University – it is never too early to become educated about the childbirth industry
I’ve started a website for ICAN of Greater Missoula. There’s nothing there yet, but give me a few sleepless nights, and it’ll look great. I love Terapad! Anyone who is interested in knowing more about ICAN of Greater Missoula can e-mail ICANofMissoula ([at]) gmail [(dot)] com.
I’m currently planning a screening of The Business of Being Born, a documentary feature film directed by Abby Epstein (Ricki Lake, Executive Producer). This will be the inaugural event and fundraiser for ICAN of Greater Missoula. I’m so excited and nervous about all of this! I still don’t have a date and venue secured (though one is available to me), and this all has to happen within the next 3 weeks or so. Aaaah! Eeeek! But I know it’ll get done, and I’ve already been offered support and assistance. Thank goodness for angels!
We will hold monthly meetings. The first couple of meetings (November & December) will be informational and women can share birth stories and ask questions. Then I will start a series (beginning in January) called Choices in Childbirth and bring in guest speakers from the community. Topics I think we’ll start with include Prenatal Care, Selecting Care Providers, and Where to Birth.