What a wonderful world it would be if every mother felt empowered during her pregnancy and believed in her ability to give birth. But information for pregnancy and birth are now found in a world of excessive data, obsession with social media, and self-diagnosis thanks to the Internet. Upcoming generations of parents are found here, and are lost. Between their mothers’ horror stories and the latest forum board on BabyCenter, parents are feeling anything but educated, empowered, and prepared for the journey of parenthood. Confusion, debate, opinion, and fear dominate their circles of influence. There has to be a better way. A midwife can only stretch herself so thin. A doula can only have so many clients. And childbirth educators can only reach those who take their classes.
Justine Tullier is a co-founder of Birthpedia, childbirth educator, and birth photographer. She resides in south Florida with her husband and four children. Through the empowering experience of her second pregnancy and homebirth, her passion became to provide a powerhouse of resources for the local birth community and, potentially, the world.