Urban Midwiferyâ€™s Campaign Against the Normalization of the Baby Mama has started with a bang In South Carolina. On Saturday, June 11, 2011 we were invited to present a workshop at Healthy Startâ€™s Baby Shower, an event that they host regularly for pregnant women in South Carolinaâ€™s Low Country.
The Baby Shower was located in Estill, South Carolina a rural city in Hampton County. Estill has the countyâ€™s highest teen pregnancy and STD/STI rates, and has a population that is almost 80% African American. Estill has an extremely depressed economy; a lack of jobs, retail, and activities for the youth. What Estill does have is a prison.
Baby Shower attendees welcomed the message of marriage before children, and participants asked what they could do to make a change in their life. In response to the question, Urban Midwifery presented one of our most popular and interactive activities with the audience. Most participated, and seemed to benefit from the information. I personal witnessed several â€œah-haâ€ moments.
What did Urban Midwifery learn?
Rural Baby Mamas have the same obstacles and pain as Urban Baby Mamasâ€¦ The issues are the same, and a woman, is a woman, is a womanâ€¦ regardless of her geographical location here in the US. The issues were mostly about financial struggles, having to â€œdo it allâ€, and not having the much needed emotional support.
Urban Midwifery’s response…
Urban Midwifery extended participants an invitation to attend our self-improvement counseling sessions, and we were happy to connect one participant with a Doula who will offer her support and companionship throughout her pregnancy. Studies have shown that women who have/use Doulas during pregnancy and childbirth have better childbirth outcomes â€“ less Cesarean Sections.
Urban Midwifery is committed to continuing our campaign. Beginning July 1, 2011 we will offer women in rural areas prenatal services in the comfort of their homes. Our focus is those women who do not have transportation or financial resources to make it to the clinic or hospital for prenatal care.
There is no such thing as a healthy baby, without FIRST a healthy mama. Urban Midwifery is striving to make healthy mamas, and at the center of this effort is relationship building and trying to improve our out-of-wedlock birth rates. Join us on our campaign!