I absolutely love the idea! With my first child I watched Birth stories on TLC and shows like that. I think watching those shows got me really uptight and kinda scared about it. I didn't know what I was doing what to expect, where to get more info, so that is where I turned. It didn't help! shows like those are horrible to watch befor birth they're all worst case/or just women like the ones watching just not knowing enough info. knowing what I know now watching pretty much anything on Birth nowadays bugs the hell out of me! the only person that made any sense was Ricki. Also locally (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) we have a free quarterly magazine called Birth Issues which is great, it helped to make Midwifery in Alberta covered by health care.
Women in North America need more of what Ricki and Abby can give. My second birth was much different, thanks to The Business of Being Born, I decided to look for a midwife. just finding and talking to a midwife can really make a difference in how healthy and natural a birth can be. My first birth was 20hrs with interventions I wish I didn't have, and my second was 3 hrs at home completely natural with a Midwife. Not only was it the most empowering experience but I felt much more clear minded, I healed so much faster, I actually didn't tear at all because I was able to feel and push with my body. unlike my first which I had a epidural after other pain meds didn't help I had no help from the hospital staff no real support, all they could do was check how far dilated I was and it was really discouraging. it was just too easy to get "pain" relief. so I ended up with pushing without feeling and doctor telling me I wasn't able to do it so he intervened yet again with forceps saying I was almost too small to fit a baby through my birth canal, I ended up with a second degree tear and bladder infection the next day after(due to catheter).
The difference that they could make to so many women if they could just get the message out there to a broader audience. To me it changed my life.
We need more information on Birthing from every aspect, a hospital (obgyn) birth is only for women who need it medically not for healthy women. even still OB/GYN's just can't give the emotional and spiritual support that midwifes and doulas can give. It's just not fair for those women who just don't know. even if women hear about home births and midwifes they just don't fully understand and end up being prejudice.
We need more Ricki and Abby!