from Karen Brody, leading a rejuvenation revolution for women through napping to wake you up so you can change the world. I'm also the playwright of Birth, founder of the BOLD movement to change the culture of birth, creator of Rock Your Birth, and proud mama of two boys who think women rock.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Have you ever said something and felt like you’re invisible?
I think that’s why I wrote the play BIRTH
because so many pregnant mamas who thought they said
to an intervention weren’t listened to.
When I interviewed these women I heard their
loud and clear.
I put their NO voices center stage in my play
and audiences heard them too.
Why didn’t hospital staff hear them?
I just found the answer in this video.
You’ve gottta watch it now.
This video blew my birth-socks off.
Click on it and watch.
Here’s my major take away:
if the way you’re saying
something is not getting results
– not making ya rich -
then find another way to
A simple prescription that packs a lot of power.
But how do we get pregnant moms to “drink the cool aid”
to find a way of saying NO
that gets results?
In my childbirth prep training program for birth
we teach role-playing
or as we call it, “Theater-Telling.”
We get pregnant moms practicing what they’re going to
When I saw this video I thought,
wouldn’t it be fun to teach a childbirth ed class
that modeled this exact video?
Here’s how I’d teach it:
Let’s say a woman comes into your childbirth ed class
and she’s going through a
challenging moment with her care provider.
·Get her to write the words she wants to say to her care provider on a
piece of cardboard
·Have her sit on the “street” with it next to her
·then have everyone in the class give her coins if they think her
sign effectively communicates what she wants to say
·Then people in the class are asked to rewrite
her sign on another piece of cardboard to make it more effective.
·Again, the class walks by and gives coins
related to how effective her new sign communicates what she wants to say.
·For each sign the number of coins are calculated
and the sign that got the most coins is considered the most effective words.
This would totally rock
my fun and educational barometer.
I think every birth professional
who is a visionary
But here’s my point:
We can lecture soon-to-be parents about it
or we can
in the problem
and coming up with solutions.
It’s amazing how
just changing one’s words
can change any experience.
Sure, maternity care providers need to
change their words too.
But their words are not in our control.
Our words are our power wands.
Let’s use ‘em.
I want to hear from you. In what ways are you moving
pregnant moms to take responsibility for their births? How are you getting them
to recognize that their words matter? Share your comments below.