|Rally at Medical Center of Arlington, TX|
I don't want to nit-pick it to death -- and we are grateful for the coverage -- but when the anchor/reporter makes comments like "...They are calling for change in maternity care that shifts away from inductions involving drugs and c-sections to, what they say, are safer methods of delivery..." it makes us sound like we are just making stuff up. She kept calling it the Birth Change/Method Movement, which I thought was funny.
I sincerely don't understand why the media has to make birth advocates look ridiculous and on the fringe. All the media clips make birth look so scary and the women look like they are beyond miserable. Who wouldn't want an epidural after watching these clips!?
Take the clip here where the woman is screaming in one long tone. The reporter's voice-over is actually valuable information that is pertinent to our cause, but you a) can't hear it because of the yelling, and b) can't take it seriously because who would ever want to have a natural birth if this is what you might sound like?!
The topic of birth makes people so uncomfortable that they have to make fun of it, or show "funny" movie clips to get through it. I believe that is part of the bigger problem here. No one wants to have a serious conversation about birth.
Abbey and I actually spent quite some time with a couple of reporters discussing some really pertinent issues. Abbey, a VBA3C (we had 3 of them at our rally!) , gave these reporters lots to work with as far as VBAC myths, but none of that made it onto the news. I really believe that people just don't want to know.
I'll leave you with the other media clip, which was only 49 seconds, but at least we didn't look like we are on the fringe, mostly because I told the reporter we aren't trying to take away anyone's epidural with our rally! If they only knew...