Thursday, April 30, 2009

Mothers and mothers to be gather to protest hospital policy at Northwest Medical Center

Greetings from
the Arkansas VBAC Coalition,
ICAN of NW Arkansas, and
BirthNetwork NWA !

Last week families from all over NW Arkansas gathered at Northwest Medical Center to protest the hospital's blanket ban on VBAC (Vaginal Birth after Cesarean). After our actions, we are hearing that the hospitals are feeling the pressure. Coverage from the latest protest was featured on 40/29.
It's time for a Picnic and a Protest!

We want to continue the momentum for a THIRD week! If you are a childbearing woman or if you have a wife, a mother, a sister, or a daughter, you may be faced with the difficult situation of a mandatory repeat cesarean section.

Please join us on
Friday, May 1st, 2009
from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Protest Northwest Medical Center -- Willow Creek's
at the Johnson City Park
Johnson, AR

A limited number of signs is available, or you can bring your own homemade sign. Parking is available on a first come, first served basis.
Don't forget your sunscreen/umbrellas and your picnic lunch.

If you missed last week's protest, please come and let's double the number of those present! The hospitals are just beginning to notice that we will not take this unethical practice anymore! You may just be helping your best friend, your sister, or yourself.

Wouldn't you feel great if the hospitals reversed their bans because you raised your voice?

Visit for more information on the local bans and research on VBAC safety. Or call Beth Day at 685-5232 or Aly Kirkpatrick at 251-8446 with your questions.

Aly Kirkpatrick
Chapter Leader, NW Arkansas ICAN

VBAC is "Vaginal Birth After Cesarean". This campaign is meant to give families the option of natural birth, even when a cesarean has been necessary for a past birth. Research has shown that in most cases this is safe and good for the mother and child. Birth Network welcomes your questions and support for their campaign.

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Gladys Tiffany
Omni Center for Peace, Justice & Ecology
Fayetteville, Arkansas USA
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