Have you heard phrases like, "my doctor is letting me" or "I had to do xyz"? How we speak, how we interpret, how we view birth matters. It truly makes a difference for people around us and for future generations.

Notice the power of language

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I want you to know...
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For the sake of birth in our society, for future generations, for families across America (where maternity care is in crisis), I implore you to recognize the power of language.

How we speak, how we interpret, how we view birth matters. 
It truly makes a difference for people around us and for future generations.

I had to…

“I had to have a cesarean.”

“I had to be induced.”

I will let you…

“I’ll ask my doctor if they’ll let me.

What does this kind of language say to our sons and daughters? 

Who is in charge of your birth?

You

You are in charge of your birth, your body, and your baby, and you have a right to informed consent.

But let’s take a look at the current state of affairs in American maternity care.

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