Saturday, April 19, 2008

Birthing Freedom Advocacy Campaign- I need your help!

I am attempting to begin a cesarean awareness campaign via this blog.

I need a "slogan" for the campaign. It's going to be "one if by ___, two if by ___" (a play on the Paul Revere "one if by land, two if by sea" story) and I need ideas as to what to fill in the blanks with. Some ideas already suggested are




The idea is to have women (and their daughters, friends, mothers, aunts, midwives, etc) from all over the United States (and the world) submit pictures to the blog. Everyone in the pictures should be holding up two fingers (like a "peace" sign). This symbolizes several things:

1. it's the "peace" sign (as in, advocating birthing with gentleness and not violence)

2. It's two fingers, meaning they choose the second choice (two if by____ )

3. It's a "V" for vaginal birth

4. It's a "V" for VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean)

Also, I'd love to get a birthing freedom version of THIS POEM going. I have stanzas 1 and 13 covered. I just need stanzas 2-12. If you'd like to take a stanza, please send me a messege letting me know which one, and then send it to me when you're done with it (along with the number stanza you "re-wrote") Here's an example of a re-written first stanza:

Listen my children and you shall hear

Of the midnight birth of sweet baby dear

On the fourth of July, in Seventy-five;

Hardly a woman is now alive

Who remembers that’s how babies get here

Please send me your ideas in the comments section. Thanks for your help, birthin' mamas!!


tie-dyed doula said...

"One if by fear, two if by free"
that is my suggestion for ya!
also, I have a stanza I think. Let me know what you think :)

Now Baby says, "Mama, it's time to see your voice."
"I want no rubber gloves, no bright lights, no loud noise."

"I'm pushing through, Mama, I can still hear your heart beat, I can see the light"
"I am so cold now, what's this tube going down my throat? Mama, are we losing the fight?"

"This isn't how I imagined meeting you to be. Why didn't they ask me, why didn't I have a choice?"

vbacwarrior said...


yes! I love both the slogan and the "stanza modification"! Which stanza number did you re-write (2-12)? I'll mark it off the list.

Also, can you send me a picture of yourself (and anyone else you know who'd like to send one) holding up our "V" sign?

Kate said...

What a great idea!! I will get a picture in to you!

tie-dyed doula said...

I think we could use the peace/number 2 sign also to represent "2 people's rights" THE BABY AND THE MOTHER!!
What'cha think?

Susana said...

So I am wondering how/where you will display the photos? Will you be setting up a new blog dedicated to the photos? Will you have one page on this blog for the photos?
Will you make video montages?