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Fox Valley families rally for safer child births

Informing expectant mothers on their options
APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV)--Nearly 12,000 families nationwide are using Labor Day to get their message out about wanting safer child births.

In Appleton, about 50 mothers, fathers, and children came out to the Improving Birth rally in Houdini Plaza on College Avenue Monday.

According to Evidence Based Birth, 1/3 child births are surgical but this organization hopes to lower that number through education.

Laura Lotto, the Improving Birth Media Coordinator for the Fox Valley and a mother of three says, “It’s not about home birth or hospital
births, it’s about safer births. 

When you’re informed and make informed decisions and you feel respected it affects everything. It affects your birth and how you deal with it.”

Anja Fairn, a midwife with the Appleton Community Midwife Centers agrees.

She says many of her patients don’t know all of the options out there for child birth.

Fairn says she’d like to see less induced births and more natural births.

“I think there’s a lot of fear around child birth.  Getting out the information about what is possible and what kind of care providers you can choose and different options in birth is really important,” Fairn said.

This was Appleton’s second annual rally.

For more information, you can find the groups website here.
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