I am in awe of the way many of you in the birthing world are approaching old problems of birth in new and fascinating ways. The spirit of the modern, gentle birthing revolution to me is EMPOWERMENT, which I believe means the following…
1. Freedom of Speech: sharing what we want to share, when we want to share it, and with whomever we want to share it with.
2. Information Technology: We will share information with others in a such a fast method that many know of a thought almost simultaneously. Professor Thomas Malone, Director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence says, “New information technology reduces the cost of communication enough that a lot more people can have enough information TO MAKE SENSIBLE DECISIONS FOR THEMSELVES instead of just waiting for someone above them in a hierarchy who supposedly knows more than they do to tell them what to do.” The modern, gentle birthing revolution is using technology in such ways that more and more and more people are knowing that more and more and more people are making empowered birth choices. There’s enough social proof here to lead us directly to a tipping point when we AS A CULTURE change our perception of what birth can be.
3. Believing WE HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO DO THE RIGHT THING…TO BE SMART, TO BE INSPIRED, TO CHANGE OUR WORLD FOR THE BETTER.