Birth Matters Virginia announces the winners of their recent video contest, and first place goes to “Prevent Cesarean Surgery,” chosen from more than 40 outstanding video submissions! Ragan Cohen from California submitted this stunning production that is at times hard to watch, but contains a very important message! With the United States approaching a 32% cesarean rate, highest C/S rate ever, and some hospitals (in Florida) with stats that indicate 70% of their babies are born by cesarean, women need to stand up, educate themselves, and be an educated consumer of their maternity care! Enough is enough! Women take back your births! Thank you Ragan for this great effort at turning the tide! And thanks to all the people who submitted videos for the contest, I have enjoyed watching most of them! What a resource for all of us![youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZy0JPtubiQ]
All of the submissions are worth watching, particularly those that took top honors! Watch, learn and share with those who are finding their way in our rocky maternity system! Do what you can to help more women achieve their birth right and birth their babies free from routine interventions and unnecessary surgeries. Support our midwives who are doing what they can to support normal birth! We can make a difference, one birth at a time.