Hosted by a local doula and a birthing center, this 5k was organized to support the right of parents to choose where to give birth. Last spring, there was anti-midwife legislation being discussed in the state government, and events like this 5k have sought to bring awareness to the importance of midwifery care and birthing options. I gave birth in a hospital last year and had a great experience-but that does not mean that everyone should give birth in a hospital. There are a variety of responsible choices that can be made (and should be available!) for women preparing to give birth. I feel very passionate about this cause, and so I was excited to support this event.
In the light drizzle and gray skies, I drove out to Lake Hefner today, uncertain of what to expect. I parked, checked in, and excitedly started looking through my swag bag. I put on my new t-shirt, pinned on my number, and sauntered over to the vendor tables and booths for a few minutes (unfortunately, I did not remember to charge my camera's batteries, so I didn't get any pictures at the event to show y'all). At the announcement for everyone to "come over to the flag pole!" excitement and hesitance gripped my stomach. Soon, it was going to begin!
|Swag bag + prize bag for showing up early = lots of cool free stuff.|
And usually I'm not into "participation ribbons" and all that,
but my sparkly "finisher medal" is pretty sweet :)
|This kid was very happy to have me home after the run ;)|
Overall, I thought that the Right to Birth 5k was a fantastic event, especially considering that this was the first one. I greatly enjoyed myself, and I'm hoping that this event will continue to be held! I also think it'd be cool if more areas across the U.S. could hold events like this. Even if people prefer to give birth in hospitals, I think it is so important that they are educated about the wonderful world of midwifery and support those who do desire out-of-hospital births.