In March this year Perth had two screenings of the wonderful new Australian documentary Face of Birth. At the end of each, midwife Beth O’Neill got up to talk, share her vision and garner support. Her vision was for all women to receive a message of empowerment, that they “Can Do It” – women can give birth fully informed of their choices.
Inspired by the One World Birth on-line movie, Beth felt that the initiative could link in with many existing projects and organisations, and “work clever” in partnership to create a groundswell of consumer engagement and voices for women’s choices in childbirth. A partnership of women and midwives, working with existing and community organisations and services to create some momentum in the discussion around women’s birth’s choices.
Women Can Do It highlights the big item missing off the choices agenda, is the awareness that women have of the possibility of having midwifery led care. Women Can Do It encourages women to explore their choices more fully before making their maternity care choices. Community Midwifery WA has been pleased to join the initiative, alongside the Conscious Conception and Birth Centre, Childbirth Australia, Birthrites and the Australian College of Midwives WA Branch.
To date Beth’s vision has seen a facebook page then a new website emerge. A series of events is planned, to raise awareness of the One World Birth movie and the importance of midwifery care to support women in labour birth and early parenting. To stay in touch, just visit the website or facebook page.
One such iconic event that Women Can Do It is linking in with is the Activ Foundation’s City to Surf Fun Run on Sunday 26th August. Women Can Do It is fielding a team of runners/ walkers with their Women Can Do It t-team complete with their Women Can Do It t-shirts to identify them as they walk or run to the finish line.
A poster for the event is available on the Women Can Do It facebook page and our website, and the t-shirts, thanks to sponsorship from Caterlink, are just $10. Even if you are not a runner, you can do the 4km walk and be part of the movement!
Pass the word along your networks, we hope to see you there!