Links

Here we have listed organizations and groups that advocate for women’s rights in childbirth and/or work to improving women’s choices in childbirth.  If you have an organization that we should list here or know of another relevant article that we should include, please let us know.

 

World-wide

Human Rights in Childbirth
A grass-roots network of men and women working from around the globe to examine the role of human rights in birth care systems worldwide.

 

Canada-wide organizations

Humanize Birth
A non-profit grass-roots organization that advocates for everyone’s basic human right to respectful, peaceful, humane birth. We focus on:
1. Ensuring respect for maternal choices during childbirth
2. Preventing obstetric violence against birthing women
3. Normalizing birth as a dignified, natural, intimate, mother-led physiological process
Email: info@humanizebirth.org
Founder: Kalina Christoff
Board of Directors: Kate Althouse, Jessica Austin, Tara Burkhart, Kalina Christoff, Elodie Joy Ramjheetun

 

Mothers of Change
A non-profit consumer advocacy group advancing mother-friendly care, by:
1. Providing education and information to expectant and new mothers, other members of the public, and health care professionals on evidence-based best practices for maternity care
2. Researching and facilitating communication about mothers’ experiences of maternity care and practices of maternity care providers and how they can be improved
Phone: 1-866-640-9595
Email: info@mothersofchange.com
Founder: Asheya Hennessey
Executive Director: Chelsea Salazar-Casson

 

Local Canadian groups and contacts

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Vancouver

Humanize Birth
Contact:
Kalina Christoff: kalinachristoff@humanizebirth.org
Jessica Austin: jessicaaustin@humanizebirth.org
Tara Burkhart: taraburkhart@humanizebirth.org
Elodie Joy Ramjheetun: elodiejoy@humanizebirth.org

Vancouver Birth Trauma
A peer-support group for women in the lower mainland who have been through traumatic childbirth.
Contact:
Sara Darwin: vancouverbirthtrauma@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/VancouverBirthTrauma

 

Vancouver Island

Advocates for Birth Choice – Comox Valley
Contact: Natalie Raedwulf, 250-218-0168

Mid Island Birth Support (MIBS) group
A peer to peer support gruop for birth mothers who had a difficult or traumatic birth experience.  Attendance at meetings is confidential.
Contact: 99mibs@gmail.com

 

ONTARIO/QUEBEC

 

Ottawa

 

Mothers of Change – National Capital Region Chapter

Contact: Celine Ouellette, mothersofchange.ncr@gmail.com

 

The Positive Birth Movement

Contact: Nancy Salgueiro, info@yourbirthcoach.com

 

Informed Choice Coalition

Contact: info@informedchoice.ca

Contact persons: Wendy Jolliffe, Gina Merlin, Margaret Crothers, Nancy Salgueiro or Robin Guy

 

The Breech Birth Coallition

Contact: Robin Guy, robin@breechbirth.ca

 

Consumers Supporting Midwifery Care

Contact: info@midwiferyconsumers.org, Donna Todd or Jenya Levin

 

SASKATCHEWAN

 

Humanize Birth

Contact: Kate Althouse, katealthouse@humanizebirth.org

 

Maternal Health Consumer Group for HBAC in Saskatchewan

Contact: Lisa V Wass

 

Mothers of Change – Saskatchewan

 

 

 

Local organizations and groups around the world

Birth Rights

A UK organisation dedicated to improving women’s experience of pregnancy and childbirth by promoting respect for human rights. 

3 Colours
A non-profit organization registered in the UK that supports maternal rights and choices in childbirth.

Rescate Mamá
A Facebook page for mothers and fathers that suffered obstetric violence in Montevideo, Uruguay.

DONAllum
Catalan association for respectful childbirth

 

Relevant blogs and articles 

Abuse in Hospital-Based Birth Settings?, by Susan Hodges, Journal of Perinatal Education, v 18(4), Fall 2009
Yes means yes, by Janet Fraser on janetfraser.id.au
The dirty secrets of birth rape, by Scott Dunlop on parent24.com
Unhappy Birthdays, Part 1: Why more mothers are saying they were “birth raped”, by Bianca Pencz on vancouverobserver.com
Unhappy Birthdays, Part 2: The politics of “birth rape” and mothers with PTSD, by Bianca Pencz on vancouverobserver.com
Unhappy Birthdays, Part 3: Why “birth rape” continues to happen, by Bianca Pencz on vancouverobserver.com
Women’s right in childbirth, by Erika Thompson on beautifulbirths.org
“Obstetric violence” and the ongoing movement to redefine consent, on feministing.com
Join the Revolution of Roses: A movement to end obstetric violence against women, by Kalina Christoff on mothersofchange.com
“Obstetric violence” introduced as a new legal term in Venezuela, on theunnecesarean.com
“Mars Attack”: Violation of Women by Care Providers At Birth, by Judy Cohain, on greenmedinfo.com

 

Relevant videos from other groups

 


For Humanize Birth’s videos, see our video blog


Babel: Voices of a medical Trama, the traumatic childbirth story of a pediatrician
Parir amb respecte (Birth with respect)
, by DONAllum (in Spanish, subtitles in English available in the video captions)