Target: Senator Kelli Ward
Goal: Prevent legislation against home births
Across the country, government officials are chipping away at various female rights related to abortion and contraception. As if these antagonistic measures are not enough, Arizona legislators are now considering a bill that would remove an even more basic female right: to have a child at home.
The home birth ban was proposed in hopes of preventing midwives from taking on complicated cases like breach or twin babies. However, midwives have expressed annoyance at the proposal, claiming that they have been trained for these very complications. While good-intentioned, this bill infringes on the free-will of the mother, who may have alternative plans and would be far more comfortable at home.
Labor is an extremely strenuous process that varies widely from mother to mother. Some women are comfortable in hospitals, while others make alternative plans that suit their preferences and values. Having to travel to a hospital during labor can be stressful and increase pain. Some individuals still do not have insurance, making this even more inconvenient.
Sign this petition asking that legislators throw out this unnecessary ban on home births.
Dear Senator Ward,
While it may have good intent, Arizona’s proposal to restrict women from the option of home births is an infringement on their rights. Many women may still be without insurance and some may live far from a hospital. Labor is a complicated and widely varying process. It is impossible to say that every case is better off in a hospital. Hospitals may increase stress in some women, which could realistically increase pain.
While it was previously believed that after a woman has one C-section, C-sections are needed for subsequent births, this is no longer stated in research. The risk of uterine rupture from vaginal births after earlier C-sections has been estimated at under 1%, making home births in this situation much less risky than anticipated.
A ban on home births would not only restrict the mother’s options, but would also greatly inconvenience midwives, keeping them from their livelihood. Midwives are often highly experienced and trained in complicated birth procedures. Meanwhile, hospital nurses may or may not have experience in these particular situations. Thus, blocking midwives from performing complicated births is not an intelligent move.
Women who prefer to give birth at a hospital are able to do so. Women who prefer to give birth at home should be able to choose to do that, too. Please abandon this proposal. Don’t require women to go to hospitals against their will.
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