A clean slate. A fresh start. Hope and dreams reactivated. Passions toward change are stirred. All of this by the calendar rolling over from one year to the next. It is not just anew year though, it is a new DECADE to set precedent in. To make a mark. Oh the possibilities and opportunities that are ours to reach for and accomplish.
In the spirit of all of this, I decided to make an #in2011 wish list on New Year’s Eve 2010 and with some help from a few friends here is what flowed out.
#in2011 breasts will be viewed as nurturing, comforting, and beautiful.
#in2011 the majority of women will be served under the midwife model of care for the majority are low-risk and will remain so.
#in2011 Childbearing women will be greeted with open arms by providers with their questions, needs and knowledge.
#in2011 pioneering social media women will gain even more ground in their work liberating childbearing women.
#in2011 delayed cord clamping and physiologic third stage will become the norm.
#in2011 doulas will be respected as educated, knowledgeable birth professionals by staff and care providers.
#in2011 childbearing women will be given opportunity not limited
#in2011 Those striving to improve the maternity system at the ground floor as educators will be mutually respectful and supportive.
#in2011 Doulas from all backgrounds and organizational affiliation will be open to one another, supportive, sharing.
#in2011 a woman with needs and opinions with not be marked for a cesarean because of it.
#in2011 Homebirth transports will be treated with dignity and respect.
#in2011 Stigma of mental illness and motherhood will be adsressed by every childbirth care provider. RT @WalkerKarra
#in2011 Childbearing women will not have to live in fear of their providers.
#in2011 We CAN change the world together for childbearing women. Put your words intro action.
#in2011 More birthing women will have low-intervention births that lead to healthier outcomes.
#in2011 Childbearing women will be seen, heard, respected and offered a variety of care options.
#in2011 there will be less imbalance of power between maternity patient and provider.
#in2011 childbearing women will rightfully claim their health records as their own -RT @midwifeamy
#in2011 we will wake up to and address the shameful disparities in access to and outcomes of maternity care RT @midwifeamy
#in2011 Less pointing fingers among insurance companies, providers & orgs that continues to feed this ever medicalized maternity system.
#in2011 I would like to see an equal playing field with accessibility to all to maternity research, guidelines, statistics…
#in2011 I would like see accountability for providers and institutions in their maternity care practices.
#in2011 I would like to see hospitals treat only the patients they serve the very best – high-risk or in-need mothers and babies.
#in2011 I would hope more women stop blindly trusting and do their own research for pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
#in2011 I would like to see arrogance leave the treatment room. It is not a personal affront for a patient to have an opinion and needs.
#in2011 I hope women are treated as holistic beings especially in pregnancy.
#in2011 I hope for care providers to be transformed into partners with their patients instead of authorities.
#in2011, I want to see care providers and family members taking postpartum mood disorders seriously. RT@smola04
#in2011 I hope women stop being treated with hostility and looked down upon for wanting something more in pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
#in2011 I would like to see more women receiving comprehensive postpartum care from their OBs and hospital based midwives.
#in2011 I hope that women will openly mentor those coming up after them to better understanding and expectations in birth.
#in2011 I hope social media efforts have even more impact on unveiling the hidden and progressing healthy birth practices.
#in2011 I hope less mamas are unnecessarily cut open in pursuit of delivering a baby.
#in2011 I hope to see midwives working together no matter the track they came up on. Being respectful and open.
#in2011 I hope to see women who have experienced amazing births be loud and proud sharing the good news without fear.
#in2011 I hope that midwives of all types will be fearless in their pursuit of their model of care for women.
#in2011I hope that hospitals and providers realize they need to offer individualized care to women and babies for the health of it.
#in2011 I would like to see women openly breastfeeding their children without shame or discrimination.
#in2011 A drop in the cesarean rate would be progress toward healthier practices.
#in2011 I want to see women in droves having their eyes opened and being fierce about the care they receive. About their maternity options.
#in2011 I would like to see less care providers offering up defensive and fear based medicine to their maternity patients.
#in2011 I hope for more accessibility to home and birth center births for women and babies.
#in2011 I would like care providers to view women as a sum of all parts, not a uterus growing a baby more valuable than she is.
#in2011 I would like to see more women taking charge of their care, taking personal responsibility and being powerful pregnant women.
#in2011 I desire more respect and autonomy for maternity patients.
#in2011 For women who want a VBAC to easily find an accommodating provider.
Is all this attainable in one year? Perhaps not, but pushing toward the positive and never taking the eye of the reason for all of this, the childbearing women and families, I do believe we can change the world and make the maternity care system as a whole a safer, healthier and more respectful place.
What is on your 2011 wish list? If you would like to have it added here, leave a comment.
I hope that we (doulas/educators) can stop alienating the providers, instead partnering with them to provide the best care possible for the mamas and babies that we work with.
I hope that doulas/educators and providers can have mutual respect for one another, and realize the value of the care and support that each provides.
I hope that while we work to change the negatives of health care for pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, that we can remember to openly recognize and affirm the positives.
I hope that families will make decisions based on education and research, not on fear.
I hope that both “sides” stop using fear tactics to persuade families to make certain choices. A decision to home birth due to fear of hospital birth is still a decision based on fear.