This Mother’s Day, I’m Honoring Choices

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This Mother’s Day, I’m grateful to Choices in Childbirth, an organization that helped guide me to where I am today, and one that I know firsthand never stops fighting to improve birth outcomes and experiences for all moms.

But let me back up: When I was pregnant with my first child, I assumed that I would have my baby in a hospital with a doctor. I’d show up after my water broke, have a baby, and go home — like in the movies.

I was only vaguely aware that a “birth plan” was a thing, and that I was in control of it. Then my mother told me to watch The Business of Being Born, which taught me that midwifery care was an option. I wound up birthing my son at home, attended by amazing midwives, and had the most transformative experiences of my life. It was the right choice for me and my family.

And that’s what it’s all about: choices. Being aware that you even have them in the first place, and then being able to take advantage of them.

Eager to be part of this community, I took several of Choices in Childbirth’s workshops during my second pregnancy. And now I speak at them, because I’ve become a doula and a childbirth educator myself.

I want to make sure that choices are available to all women — will you join me and support Choices in Childbirth? From day one, I was particularly impressed by how they strive to involve women of color, non-traditional families, and other groups that are often left out of the conversation. This is real-world advocacy that truly changes lives.

There’s no better time to reflect on how important it is that our birth experiences–essentially, our initiation into motherhood — are thoughtful and positive. In honor of the mothers in your life, please keep this good work going by making a gift to Choices in Childbirth today.

Yours truly,
Naima Beckles