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Ladies, you know that moment in time that you’ve been rocking the same hair color and style for years, and you finally decide “this is it, I’m doing something new!”? What’s next? Research!

You start pulling pictures from magazines (or Pinterest) with the color and the style you want. You might even go online and upload a picture of your face so some app can show you what you will look like with a fire engine red bob .

Next, you’ll take all of this information to your hair stylist with whom you’ve had a standing appointment with every other month for the last 6 years. It took a while to develop a trust with them, that they won’t let you go the wrong direction, but now you’re ready to show them the plan for your new ‘do and hope that they’ll be on board.

Once all is said and done, you’ll either love your hair or re-think how much wine you’ve been drinking at night. But it’s hair, and it grows back again…. it’s not something that you live with the repercussions of every day for the rest of your life.

Women spend a lot of time and energy women doing research and preparing for changes that will effect the way they look.  They aren’t however, putting in the same time and energy on researching their pregnancies and birth options.

This week (September 1-8) is Empowered Birth Awareness Week, and I want you to know that.

I want you to know because even if you have had your kids, maybe you have a sister, best friend or daughter that someday will have a baby, and will want to know more.

I want you to know that because maybe sister/best friend/daughter had a birth that left them feeling mistreated. Or maybe they weren’t allowed to birth the way they wanted, because they were coerced with fear instead of factual information.

I want you to know that because women all over our country are not educating themselves about their bodies and about their birth options. Women are walking into doctors offices and hospitals having done no research about what is fact vs what is fear.

I want you to know that it is important to support women, and fuel a desire for education and information, not just say “doctor knows best”. Yes, doctors know a lot, but they are not YOU. They are not the one’s that will live with the decisions made throughout the birth process, day in and day out for the rest of their lives.

I’m not here to go on about epidurals or episiotomies; I’m saying this to remind you that birth is more important than your hair. Routine care is just that, routine. You are an individual, and deserve to be treated on an individual basis. This has to start with caring enough to research and educate yourself on your options (or support your BF/sister/daughter).

Below are some links that can get the informational ball rolling. If you ever want more information, or help finding it, please contact me!

Improving Birth: http://www.improvingbirth.org

ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network): www.ican-online.org/

Coalition for Improving Maternity Services: www.motherfriendly.org/