RICHLAND, Wash.-- Monday, many people are celebrating America's workforce. But a group of people gathered in Richland Monday morning to spread the message about another type of labor, giving birth.
There are some surprising numbers out there about maternity care in the U.S. that show that America ranks much lower than you'd expect. The U.S. spends more on maternity care than any other country in the world. Yet, our country ranks 49th in maternal mortality rates.
People gathered Monday at John Dam Plaza to take part in the National Rally for Change to get the message out that U.S. birthing care must change. The 25 adults and their kids that held up signs Monday in Richland, want to raise awareness about the issue and let women know that they have options when it comes to giving birth.
"We keep hearing these stories of women who are saying, 'Why did this happen this way? I didn't know they were going to do this. Nobody told me.' That's sad. Birth is a life changing event and it should be such a happy event," says Lisa Campbell, rally organizer.
The Improving Birth organization created this national Labor Day event. A similar event was held today in Yakima and in one hundred other cities around the country.
The organization says much of the scientific evidence on birth practices takes twenty to thirty years to become part of the care system and they want change now, not later. Supporters of this movement say they hope the rally can start a dialogue about safe maternity care.