The following information is important and relevant for breastfeeding mothers and mothers who plan to breastfeed in the future. Natural birth affects breastfeeding getting off to a good start. Many sources site that fact including Counseling the Nursing Mother, 4th edition by Judith Lauwers & Anna Swisher. “Parents can arrange for a birthing environment that promotes early, uninterrupted breastfeeding…” “They can choose to deliver their baby at home or at a birthing center to reduce unnecessary interventions.”

As a woman in Oregon you have have the right to choose who will
attend your birth. That freedom is in jeopardy! A bill recently
introduced to Oregon legislature would make virtually all forms of
serving women in pregnancy, birth and postpartum illegal
without a state license.

House Bill 2380 gives a board of non-elected officials the power to decide who can give birth outside of a hospital and who is allowed to help.

If House Bill 2380 passes:

~All midwives would be restricted from serving certain women.

~Unlicensed midwives would be illegal in Oregon.

~Some women would not be allowed to hire a midwife.

~Family and friends could be prosecuted for assisting a birthing
mother.

~Doulas could be prosecuted if they assist in a woman’s labor at
home.

~The cost of homebirth would rise.

Tell the state “Hands off my rights! Keep Oregon law the way it is.”

Visit www.OregonBirthRights.com today!
The website provides a copy of the proposed bill, contact information for your local representatives, sample letters to send the representatives to tell them you are happy with our current birth freedom and choices in our wonderful state.

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~information provided by Laura Tanner, mother of 3 & homebirth midwife in Salem, Oregon.