ALIGN - ATTUNE - ALCHEMIZE
ADVOCATING FOR BLACK MAMAS WORLDWIDE
A Word from Our Founder & National Spokesperson
What is The Pledge
I pledge my allegiance to the common cause of protecting the lives of mothers and infants in my community to the best of my abilities along with the assistance, training, and resources provided to me by The Birth Guru Organization.
I vow to:
ALLIGN myself with the goals and mission of The Birth Guru Organization
ATTUNE to the higher calling of preservation and protection of human life
ALCHEMIZE my power for the greatest good within my home, community & organization
I commit myself to be present at 3 or more local community meetings per month, 120 hours of volunteer service to The Birth Guru Organization during the year, and to share about the mission/goals of the organization to all potential members I come in contact with.
I affirm that:
I AM MY SISTER'S KEEPER
I AM RESOURCEFUL
I AM RESILIENT
I AM EMPOWERED
I AM THE BIRTH GURU
What is Freebirth?
Freebirth, also known as UC (Unassisted Childbirth), refers to the process of intentionally giving birth without the assistance of a medical birth attendant.
It is by definition a planned process, and is thus distinct from unassisted birth due to reasons of emergency, lack of access to a skilled birth attendant, or other. It is also different from homebirth, although most UC’s do happen within the home.
Freebirth may involve the attendance of a non medical birth attendant, family members, or friends.
Freebirthers see birth as a natural and normal function of the female body rather than a medical emergency. We also have evidence that in a NORMAL birth, medical interventions do more harm than good.
The most important factor in a Freebirth/UC is the mother’s sense of safety and comfort.
Freebirthers are not medical professionals and do not purport to be so. We do not encourage women with high risk pregnancies to choose this birth option nor do we demonize the medical industrial complex to the extent of encouraging mothers to take matter into their own hands when there is an actual matter of medical emergency.
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What is Infant Mortality?
Infant mortality is the death of young children under the age of 1. This death toll is measured by the infant mortality rate (IMR), which is the number of deaths of children under one year of age per 1000 live births
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What is Maternal Mortality?
Maternal death or maternal mortality is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as "the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy, irrespective of the duration and site of the pregnancy, from any cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy or its management but not from accidental or incidental causes."
Adding to the WHO definition, the CDC extends the period of consideration to include up to 1 year within the end of a pregnancy regardless of the outcome.
There are two performance indicators that are sometimes used interchangeably: maternal mortality ratio and maternal mortality rate.
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What is Suicide?
Suicide is a major public health concern. Suicide is among the leading causes of death in the United States. Based on recent nationwide surveys, suicide in some populations is on the rise.
Suicide is defined as death caused by self-directed injurious behavior with intent to die as a result of the behavior.
A suicide attempt is a non-fatal, self-directed, potentially injurious behavior with intent to die as a result of the behavior. A suicide attempt might not result in injury.
Suicidal ideation refers to thinking about, considering, or planning suicide.
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What are Opioids?
Opioids are substances that, when reaching opioid receptors, have effects similar to those of morphine.Medically they are primarily used for pain relief, including anesthesia. Other medical uses include suppression of diarrhea, replacement therapy for opioid use disorder, reversing opioid overdose, suppressing cough, as well as for executions in the United States. Extremely potent opioids such as carfentanil are approved only for veterinary use. Opioids are also frequently used non-medically for their euphoric effects or to prevent withdrawal.
Side effects of opioids may include itchiness, sedation, nausea, respiratory depression, constipation, and euphoria. Long-term use can cause tolerance, meaning that increased doses are required to achieve the same effect, and physical dependence, meaning that abruptly discontinuing the drug leads to unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. The euphoria attracts recreational use and frequent, escalating recreational use of opioids typically results in addiction. An overdose or concurrent use with other depressant drugs like benzodiazepines commonly results in death from respiratory depression
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