Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Advocate Healthy Birth with Healthy People 2020

Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for promoting health and preventing disease. Since 1979, Healthy People has set and monitored national health objectives to meet a broad range of health needs, encourage collaborations across sectors, guide individuals toward making informed health decisions, and measure the impact of our prevention activity. Currently, Healthy People 2010 is leading the way to achieve increased quality and years of healthy life and the elimination of health disparities.

The website is accepting public comments on various health issues important to the American people. They welcome "suggestions as part of a collaborative process."

Now is the time for birth advocates to post what they know about healthy birth. Suggestions for change include using hospital based obstetrics only for childbirthing emergencies, moving low-risk pregnant women and birth out of hospital under the supervision of midwives. Cite the research of Michel Odent, MD; Sarah J Buckley, MD; Marsden Wagner, MD, Ina May Gaskin, Henci Goer and the other big names in birth.

Now is the time to talk about the need of changing the current system which puts financial gain before the well being of women and babies.

No comments: