Mothers Bring Maternity Awareness to Idaho Falls

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Updated: 9/03/2013 9:48 am
While many are getting together today to celebrate Labor Day; a group of moms in Idaho Falls are also celebrating labor in a whole different way.

“We pay the most for our maternity care, and we have some of the worst outcomes in the civilized world, we pay around $98 Billion every year for our maternity and fetal care, but there are at least 48 counties that have better outcomes than we do, so the numbers don’t match up” said Jennifer Jeppson, Coordinator of the Idaho Falls Chapter of Improving Birth.

Moms from the improving birth non-profit organization came together to bring education and awareness to maternity care problems women face in the U.S. they hope their research will help women make the best choice when having a baby.

“A lot of times it comes down to, there’s very little you cannot do, there’s very little reason you should not do it. Depending on the provider, the place where you give birth, there may be rules imposed on you that are for their convenience but not yours” continued Jeppson.

According to improving birth, 28% of women in Idaho have babies through C-section; this is a much higher rate than what’s recommended by the world health organization.
One option the group wants women in Idaho to know about is home births.

“I would say about 90% of our moms do water birth, water birth is a great pain reliever because of buoyancy in the water, it relieves not all the pain because child birth is painful, that’s why it’s called labor, but it does relieve a lot of pain” said Christine Garcia, Office Manager for Agape.

The midwives who do home births are professionally trained and say it is one of the oldest professions there are.

For more information on giving birth and your different options click here.

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jljeppson - 9/2/2013 4:48 PM
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One point I would like to clarify- while I chose home births with my later pregnancies, they were personal decisions independent of Improving Birth. While home birth is a valid option for many women, it is not the main location of most births in the US. We at Improving Birth remain neutral on the topic of where a woman chooses to birth. Our goals are- educated, informed choices for and by women and evidence based practices from providers, regardless of whether the birth occurs at a home, birth center, or hospital.
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