I have agreed to serve on the advisory board for an amazing organizing called Earth-Birth, a model for a global women's health care collective. The pilot programs are now being set up in Uganda, Sudan and Brazil and sustained by local midwives. The organizers have a vision for holistic women's healthcare that unites women and health care practitioners in a global dialogue. Their birthing centers are not only clinics but community sustained spaces for refuge, learning and the sharing of stories. They are starting in East Africa because of the impact that years of internal genocide has had on women's reproductive and emotional health. They will then model the program in Brazil to begin the global connections in an area where the C-section rate is one of the highest in the world.
The idea is to foster an international women's health movement that encourages and promotes safe and peaceful birth as an act of social justice and community healing. They are offering a holistic approach to women's health care that is both community centered and internationally connected. Their goals include community sustainability, lowered maternal and infant mortality rates, lowered mother to child HIV transmission, access to supplies, access to trauma counseling, the ability to articulate ones story and the facilitation of positive and empowered childbirth experiences.
Check out the website at www.earth-birth.com