"Birth is one of the last places in America where a modern woman is expected to lie back, shut her mouth, and take what's done to her. In many ways, our medical and legal systems support the total disempowerment of women in a major life event they'll always remember, and that can have lasting health consequences. And this is all happening in a system that delivers dismal outcomes for moms and babies, and costs more than anywhere else on the planet. The big deal is that when women take back the life event that defines their biology, we will see safer and healthier births, happier moms and babies and a new value on women themselves -- by women themselves."
Read more of Cristen Pascucci's (improvingbirth.org founder) interview here.