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Learn what the history of natural childbirth in the U. S. has in common with the changes we are seeking in end-of-life care and how we can benefit from that knowledge as we move forward.
In this episode I share information from an article I researched and wrote about the natural childbirth movement in the U.S., how it developed over decades and ultimately succeeded with the help of the Baby Boom Generation. I’ll show how our current end-of-life movement is following a similar path and what we need to learn from the past. Download the special report below:
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A “perfect storm” led to the breakthrough of natural childbirth into mainstream U.S. medicine and society back in the 1970’s as the Baby Boom generation began demanding better alternatives. There is a similar “perfect storm” brewing right now around end-of-life care as Baby Boomers are aging and facing their own later years.
According to the book Family Centered Maternity by Celeste R. Phillips there were 3 key factors that contributed to the rise in popularity of natural childbirth. These same factors are present now in the end-of-life movement:
- Medical Pioneers who served as advocates within the medical profession and began demanding change from their colleagues.
- Grassroots Movements in communities that educated and empowered consumers to push for improved and alternative methods of care.
- Media Attention that spotlighted the cause and galvanized the public to get involved while also normalizing the conversation.
But change doesn’t happen overnight and those seeking change in how our society deals with death and dying need to remember these 3 lessons about change:
- Change in society is ultimately driven by economic factors
- Change requires a united effort
- Change requires a critical mass
Stay tuned next week for Part 2 of this discussion which will cover the potential deterrents to the change we are seeking and the takeaway lessons that should be learned from studying the history of natural childbirth.
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