This Labor Day weekend, thousands rallied nationwide in a “full scale birth revolution” to encouage evidence-based maternity care and make strides toward eliminating unneccesary inductions and c-sections. Organized by the folks at ImprovingBirth.org, the rally aimed to put pressure on health care providers and hospitals to adopt established guidelines prohibiting inductions and ceserean sections prior to 39 weeks without a medical reason. In addition, the movement strives to educate women about the importance of staying pregnant at least 39 weeks and empower them to play an active role in creating a birth plan with their health care providers to ensure labor begins on its own.
More than 110 cities across the country participated in the event. In Florida, rallies were held in Boca Raton, Ft. Meyers, Jacksonville, Ocala, Orlando, Pensecola, Tallahassee and Tampa Bay. The rally attracted media attention in several cities, helping propell the 39 weeks message even further. View local coverage from Jacksonville below!
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