COLUMBIA — A nationwide effort to bring awareness to women's health and maternity care is slated to land in Columbia on Labor Day.
On Sept. 3, supporters will gather at 10 a.m. near the intersection of Broadway and Old 63 at the southwest corner of Stephens Lake Park for the National Rally for Change. The event will promote the education of healthy birthing options and raise awareness of the possible dangers of cesarean sections and inductions.
Improving Birth, a national campaign working to lower the rates of inductions and cesarean sections, is conducting similar rallies in cities throughout the U.S.
"This is an informative event," said Carrie Hummel-Logee, co-coordinator of the Columbia rally. "We're not protesting. This is a rally to stand in support of women. We want to increase awareness and invite more people into the conversation."
During the rally, supporters are planning to hold signs, talk with the community about birth procedure issues and provide information about where people can go to learn more.
Improving Birth describes its mission as working to bring attention to the lack of "evidence-based maternity care," a concept that refers to surgical and invasive birthing procedures the campaign says are being conducted without sufficient research.
Although the organization argues that the lack of research on invasive birthing procedures is leading to complications and deaths among women and babies, Hummel-Logee said the rally will focus on opening a discussion on all maternity care options.
"This is about positivity," she said. "We really believe that with education women will make the choice that's best for them and their families — the healthy choice."
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