Mother’s Day Action 2010

Mother's Day Action 2010

Mothers deserve more than flowers for Mother's Day!

*”27 countries have lower maternal mortality rates than America, according to the World Health Organization. Many of these countries also have higher midwifery rates and lower caesarean rates. More than 40 countries also have lower infant mortality rates than America, a country that spends twice as much or more per capita on health care than any other industrialized nation.”
-Boston Globe Tina Cassidy | December 8, 2006

On this mother’s day we want more than flowers and cards, we want all mothers (including poor mothers, undocumented mothers and young mothers) to have the power and the access to choose their birthing option.

Maternal and Infant mortality rates are alarmingly high in the U.S.*, particularly within communities of color. Research shows that holistic pre-natal care (including nutrition and health education) from early pregnancy on, as well as continuous birth support contribute to healthier outcomes for both mothers and babies. These options, inherent to the midwifery model of care, are not available to poor women (uninsured or on Medicaid) in Texas. Below is a list of ten reasons why Medicaid in Texas should cover midwifery:

10. Helps to prevent unneccesay interventions (technology, drugs, and surgery)
9. Provides continuous support (Midwives stay with you throughout labor and delivery)
8. Healthier babies
7. Promotes bonding with mother and child
6. Promotes breastfeeding
5. Supports mother’s and baby’s physical and emotional well-being
4. Cheaper prenatal, delivery, and postnatal care
3. Continuous prenatal and postnatal care
2. Safer birth for mother and baby

With that said, on May 9th, 2010, Mamas of Color Rising, in conjunction with Young Women United in Albuquerque, NM will be participating in a Mother’s Day Action to raise awareness about the benefits of midwifery as an accessible birthing option.

Abriendo Brecha After Party

On February 8th, 2010, Mamas of Color Rising hosted an after party for the Abriendo Brecha: Activisit Scholar Conference. at Fonda Del Sol on E. 7th Street.

 The After Party featured:

-a performance by DJ Eye One representing Austin, Texas

– a live performance by DJ Laylo and Eli Efi, both featured in the documentary film “ESTILO Hip Hop”

-a sneak preview of the video trailer by Mamas of Color Rising featuring
personal testimonies of medicaid injustice and the challenges to accessing birthing options in Austin.

Here is a link to Dj Eli Efi’s blog with pictures from the after party

Thank you to all those who came and supported our vision. We truly appreciate your presence in our work!

All proceeds went to support grassroots organizations in Austin: Mamas of Color Rising and  Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition.

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