Rhode Island Imprisoned Mothers Lose Shackles During Birth

The Rhode Island State Legislature passed a law this week prohibiting pregnant inmates form being shackled or handcuffed during childbirth, and mandates that only the least restrictive restraints be used during the second and third trimester. The Rebecca Project has been working to push such legislation through other states; according to the organization, 11 states (Colorado being one of them) currently have rules on the book that prohibits the handcuffing and shackling of pregnant inmates. Check out Birth Behind Bars to learn how to support birth education and support for pregnant inmates.

Reproductive Freedom News Round Up

Courtesy of SQUAT Birth Journal, here is a round up of recent news around birth, reproductive rights, and mothers fighting for their dignity.

Midwives and supporters gather outside the Arizona state capital
on theInternational Day of the Midwife
Source: Desert Free Press
Last week people around the world celebrated the International Day of the Midwife, organizing walks and talks to celebrate the role of midwives in serving women and babies, particularly in developing countries. The Virtual International Day of the Midwife hosted a 24-hour online conference, and the proceedings are now available online.
Afghanistan is the worst place to be a mother, according to Save the Children’s Annual Global Mother’s Index. One of every 11 women die in childbirth in Afghanistan, and only one of every five children in the country will live to age 5. In contrast, Norway was deemed the best place to be a mother, with the US at spot 31. Continue reading

SQUAT Anarchist Birth Journal now available online

SQUAT: An Anarchist Birth Journal is finally up online so people can read it for free if they like. We’re sorry that it has taken us so long to get it hosted, but we’re super happy to announce that it can now be found here.

Print it out, share it with friends, do what you like with it.

And submit stuff to us for the next issue at submissionstosquat@gmail.com!

Announcing the release of a new anarchist birth journal: SQUAT

A note from one DABC member: This article has nothing to do with prisoners or state repression, the two main themes we’ve come to expect from the work that an Anarchist Black Cross chapter contributes to. However, we at DABC have made it a priority to identify other ways that we can contribute to other forms of movement defense, including providing internal support for families, children, and babies. This means that we take birth, the politics of birth, supporting families and kids, and youth liberation just as seriously as we take supporting our imprisoned comrades and those that face the wrath of the state. To get involved with a project that focuses on these topics, email us at denverabc@rocketmail.com and ask us about out “Nurturing Liberation” project. ‚̧

We’re super excited to announce that the 1st issue of SQUAT, a radical birth journal, has just been published!

SQUAT Birth Journal is a publication that brings forth the latest talk from radical midwifery. It provides a forum for midwives, doulas and friends of radical midwifery to share opinions, information, and show support. This issue features articles on: Unassisted Homebirth, Breech Homebirth, Childbirth and Social War, Radical Doulas, Due Dates, Artwork by Kate Hansen, and more!

Also, we will be hosting the first annual SQUAT Camp in August, an alternative conference for midwives, doulas, parents, and allies. Registration is filling up fast, so if you’d like to join us, e-mail us for a registration form asap. We’ve organized some great workshops (topics including abortion, the licensure movement, unassisted birth, gender, EFT, race within the midwifery movement, & more!), and will have the pleasure of being joined by special guests like Christa Bell, Whapio of The Matrona, and others.
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