Volume Check

“Your voice is important. Now is the time to raise the volume.”
— Dr. Maxine Hayes

This was the call from Dr. Maxine Hayes, pediatrician and former Washington state health officer at the close of the Home Birth Consensus Summit today. 

What’s the volume of your voice? What would it look like if you raised it? 

 Dr. Hayes shows her support for midwives. She has used her voice to support women and families her entire career.

Dr. Hayes shows her support for midwives. She has used her voice to support women and families her entire career.

The Home Birth Summit and this film are about so much more than home birth. 

We’ll never birth all of our babies at home. That’s not even the goal. Equity and improved maternal and child outcomes are. Supporting women with access, choice, and information, this is the goal. 

The thing I value most about home birth is that it gives women an opportunity to experience uninterrupted physiologic birth in a supportive environment that is comfortable to them. 

That is what I experienced in my births, and it was transformative. 

I want all women to know that this type of birth is possible. 

Hospitals are improving, but that kind of birth experience is rare in most US hospitals. 

Right now we need you to add your voice to ours. If we are going to finish this film we need more voices. Support informed choices for women and families and independent voices here today. We only have 10 more days. We really can’t do it alone.