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Oklahoma Right to Birth 5K and Womb Walk this weekend in OKC

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EDMOND, Okla.- Promoting the expectant mother’s birthing rights, the Right to Birth 5K and Womb Walk incorporates family, fun and baby-birthing freedom. The event takes place this Saturday, September 2 from 7:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at Stars and Stripes Park, 3701 S. Lake Hefner Drive in Oklahoma City. 

“What has surprised me most since starting my business is a number of women that are searching for help and not able to find it,” explains Scissortail Birth Services owner Emily Crouch.

Crouch, a doula studying to become a nurse and nurse midwife, sees clients from all walks of life. Each with a different vision for their birth plan, Crouch empowers them to choose their healthcare provider and where they’d like to birth—whether that be a hospital, birthing center or home.

Often working alongside midwives trained to handle low-risk births or doctors focused on clinical care, doulas are present to offer physical and emotional support to the mom-to-be. Mom’s comfort is a doulas sole purpose.

“There are so many families that want different birthing choices and to just be heard,” said Crouch. “Their pleas fall on deaf ears.”

Saturday’s walk, hosted by Scissortail Birth Services and Edmond Birthing Center, raises awareness for birthing rights and provides a safe space for support and community. Crouch’s goal is to educate and inform while squashing misconceptions that midwives are uneducated and costly.

In fact, bills designed to regulate midwives were introduced in the last session. Although neither passed, the support group "Oklahomans 4 Midwives" expects a licensure bill to be introduced in the next session. They are dedicated to protecting a woman’s right to access a doula and midwife.

Registration for the 5K includes a swag bag and event t-shirt. The family friendly Womb Walk is ideal for strollers, wagons, dogs and joggers. Pregnant and new moms are also encouraged to participate.

Food trucks, a DJ, kid’s activity tent and vendors will also be set up at the park. Proceeds from benefit Oklahomans 4 Midwives, an organization committed to providing maternity care in Oklahoma.

For more information and the latest on Oklahoma legislation impacting midwifery, attend the event and visit with representatives from Oklahomans 4 Midwives.

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