Labor of Love


Ohio Boulevard was the meeting place for baby faces and moms in Terre Haute. 

Cars passing got a colorful surprise with a big meaning, which is improving birth rates. 

It’s meaning hits close to home for mother of two Christina Vaught, who’s experienced giving birth she says was a nightmare. 
“I felt totally powerless,” Christina Vaught said. “Like no matter what it didn’t matter what I wanted with my birth. It didn’t matter with my own body. I felt like I didn’t have a choice in what I was able to do. With her I honestly felt empowered knowing what I could or couldn’t do.” 

The rally to improve birth was just that, a place where mothers could feel empowered and learn about their options. 

“Birth is really an incredibly amazing and sacred time,” Samantha Brinkerhoff said. “And it’s amazing to be present with a family holding space as they go through just a husband and wife and then suddenly they are a family.” 

Currently the U.S. loses more mothers in childbirth than any other developed county and the number is climbing, with more than half of all deaths considered preventable. 

“A lot of it is poor health to begin with,” Barbara Purnell said. “A lot of women not being in the best health when the pregnancy is not planned ahead of time so they are not in the best condition. And they don’t always have the information they need to make the best healthily decisions while they are pregnant so it makes them a higher risk for having problems.” 

The family friendly event provided information for new moms, a silent auction and fun activities for kids. 

By raising awareness organizers hope women will become more educated about their options when it comes to labor and childbirth.

“When you are a expected mother you are a consumer,” Jessie Uchytil said. “You are choosing a hospital, you are choosing a provider and you are paying them for services. Make sure that you are comfortable with your choices and educate yourself.”

But with all the work and worry it pays off. 

“During the time period where you are giving labor you might not think so but when you finally hold them it changes everything,” Vaught said.  

Improving Birth’s hopes to make this a annual event, with more event’s to come. To learn more about the organization click here

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