I was so pleased to have my blog acknowledged by Empowered Birth blog recently as a supportive VBAC blog. Her blog subtitle is “A homebirth after cesarean healed my scars and renewed my trust in birth. Trying to spread the message that birth should be EMPOWERING.” I so admire this outlook on childbirth, and even though hospitals, insurance companies, and providers aren’t trusting the process, it is wonderful to see so many women trusting their bodies and overcoming fears that natural childbirth is risky, too painful, too long, and simply not worth it. When you examine current childbirth practices and how risky they are, and the increasingly hostile medical (not science-based) management of pregnancy and childbirth, you know that you must do all within your power to ensure good outcomes for both you and your child.
Briefly, let me mention a one-sided article that appeared in the November 12 Houston Chronicle. And look at the responses – I am so proud. The International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) and others responded in a timely fashion to this piece of “news” which shamefully appeared in a leading (albeit quite conservative) national newpaper. I still plan to share my thoughts on this piece of “journalism”, but I am traveling this week and don’t know what sort of time I’ll have to devote to childbirth advocacy.
Where am I going? Well, I’ll be in Salt Lake City presenting at the Association for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI) national conference. I’ll be workshopping Web 2.0 tools for classroom and studio instruction. I’m also there to attend the College Music Society national conference. I’m serving as a session chair for the 20th Century Vocal Sampler! I plan to be more smarterer when I return. ;)