Email letters, Dec. 1, 2011

BirthSmart gives women birthing options

BirthSmart is a local, grassroots non-profit dedicated to empowered birth through education. As BirthSmart finishes up its third year of programming, I want to send a letter of thanks to our Grand Valley supporters for another amazing year. With our dedicated board members, volunteers, and sponsors BirthSmart was able to run a film festival, a birth story gathering, a guest speaker/discussion series, a radio episode, and a vivid on-line facebook and website community.

Birth is a volatile political topic in our country, with people coming down hard on both sides of the hospital vs. home birth continuum. But, in the Grand Valley, BirthSmart received support from OB-GYNs to family practioners to midwives, from Lactation Consultants to doulas, to everyone in between who offers a good or service to pregnant women. Because of the unprecedented nature of this support, BirthSmart is a neutral space for women to come and make their own decisions about what empowers them for their births. We are so grateful to our community for creating this powerful resource for birthing women.

Even The Daily Sentinel has been a supporter of sorts: whenever a birth-related article appears in the Health section, a lively Facebook discussion usually follows. Thanks, then, must also go to you for your continuing coverage of pregnancy topics.

LEAH PABST, Executive Director
BirthSmart
Grand Junction

Friedman should go

I would like to say Amen to Rick L. Coleman’s letter to the editor on Dec. 1. I totally agree with what he said about columnist Thomas Friedman and I agree he should go.

And we don’t need four more years of the same.

BOYD ARNOLD
Grand Junction



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