Exercise and Relaxation in Pregnancy – Thoughts from an American Midwife in India

As a midwife I try and provide as much relevant information to clients about optimizing their pregnancy in preparation for labor and birth. One area that I am very passionate about is exercise and relaxation for pregnant women. In a  lot of cultures exercise is...
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Prevention of the Primary Caesarean Section: Facts, Myths and Tips by Vijaya Krishnan

Not long ago, when a woman conceived and had a healthy pregnancy, she took it for granted that she would give birth naturally, the way that nature intended. However, we have come to such a tipping point now, that when women give birth naturally at our Birth Center,...
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Birthing with a Doula by Celestina

When I first met Vaishali she was obviously quite curious to know exactly what a doula was and how a doula could help in her birth – she was 34 weeks pregnant with her first child. That wasn’t so surprising as many mothers-to-be are uncertain of how I can be of...
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International Women’s Day : Celebrating our Daughters

To celebrate International Womens’ Day I asked women from around India to tell me something special about their daughter, a memory, a connection, maybe the moment of discovering that she had a daughter? Thinking of the concept of the unknown and the wait to know the...
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My experiences with Hypermesis Gravidarum by Tahira

I knew I was pregnant before I took the test, a whole week before I was officially “late”.  We booked the first available appointment with a famous gynaecologist, and giddy with excitement we began to plan the perfect pregnancy. The first time I threw up,...
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Birth India is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation registered in 2011 to support families and the community in seeking and selecting skilled, respectful care providers for women during their birthing year.

Our mission is to promote evidence based benefits and best practices for childbirth in India by advocating for women’s reproductive rights and spreading awareness on mother-baby-friendly care. We are a comprehensive network that serves to connect pregnant couples with birth professionals, research, educational, and advocacy organisations in order to provide a platform for professionals and families across India to engage with one another in a supportive and truthful manner.

The organisation was initially founded in 2007 by five women in Mumbai from various nationalities. These women were looking to make a positive difference in the way women in India are cared for during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum. Each co-founder was originally motivated by her own childbirth experiences, both positive and negative. Through our work with media, health workers, doctors, and conferences, Birth India has been able to create increased awareness in terms of options available to women. Since inception, we have seen an increase in the presence of international childbirth education, birthing options, doulas, midwives, and lactation institutions within India.
Birth India aims to develop a culture that eradicates the abuses women face at the time of birth and hopes to ensure a bond between families that is conducive to a more respectful, healthy society. We maintain a high level of transparency and information sharing within the community. No matter how or where women birth, we strive for a safe, gentle birth for mothers from all walks of life via all methods of delivery.

Human rights refer to basic rights or freedoms to which all humans are entitled regardless of nationality, sex, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, language, sexual orientation, caste, economic status or other status. Human rights are protected and upheld by international and national laws and treaties such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948. These basic Human Rights are just as relevant to women when they become pregnant as any other time in their life.

Human Rights in Childbirth and reproductive health focus on access to care for every woman and a woman’s rights to private, dignified, appropriate care, where she has freedom to make choices as a respected equal with her care provider. Although reproductive freedoms are supposed to be guaranteed to every citizen of India, women and families struggle every day to have their most basic reproductive rights respected.

Being aware of your maternity rights is the first step to ensuring that they are not compromised and violated during Childbirth.


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