Birth Matters

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Birth Matters 
The focus of the Birth Matters radio spots are educational in nature, teaching women about birth and options in birth and are going to be sponsored by our client the Midwives of New Jersey. The spots that will build upon each other - each one teaching on a new fact or providing new information about birth and will include a resource where they can learn more. We will begin with 5-6 :60 spots that will culminate in an invite to the Birth Matters conference that will be held in May through Your Birth Your Choice - a consumer group that the Midwives of New Jersey support. From there we may do a second round of recording for an additional 5-6 spots but we will focus on these first 5-6 first for this project. 
2015-02-24 20:32:27 GMT
2015-02-27 15:00:00 (GMT -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) 
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Project Parameters

The Voice Actor should be located in:
United States, New Jersey,
To be defined
Via Radio: New York metro
English - USA and Canada
Young Adult Female OR Middle Age Female
• Talent must record at a designated studio in a specified area OR
• Audio files must be delivered via FTP/Dropbox/Google Drive/cloud
There are no special pre-, post-, or production requirements for this project.
Not defined
The voice seeker is willing to hire either union or non-union talents for this project

Script Details

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Birth Matters Series

Topic for first spot:
Preparing for Birth

The process of pregnancy and childbirth is such a critical part of a woman’s preparation for motherhood. Women never forget the day that they birthed their baby. If you are pregnant or trying to conceive, it is so important to begin preparing for your birth with intent, not just “hoping” or “wishing” everything will go ok. Much like a runner prepares to run a marathon, a woman should be “in training” for her birth. Diet, exercise, education and mental preparation are crucial parts of being ready for the rite of birth; they are best begun during the preconception period or in early pregnancy but are beneficial at any point during pregnancy. Choosing a care provider is one of the most important and often overlooked decisions made during pregnancy. A woman should be seeking a care provider who provides non-biased, evidence-based information who is experienced with natural childbirth. Midwives are a new concept to some women but definitely worth investigating if they are considering natural childbirth. Midwives believe that women can be trusted to make the best decisions for themselves and their families when given reliable, non-biased information.

Brought to you by the Midwives of New Jersey - committed to improving pregnancy and birth outcomes in New Jersey. To learn more visit

Topic for second spot:
Perfectly Designed For Birth

The Midwifery Model of Care believes that a woman’s body has been perfectly designed for birth and that in normal circumstances a baby can be born with minimal medical intervention.
• Midwives who practice under the midwifery model of care believe that a mother and child are fearfully and wonderfully made, and should be treated with respect at all times.
• In fact, midwives improve the outcome of labor and birth & reduce c section rates by more than 50% without compromising safety
o Average midwifery c-section rates are less than 10% while the medical model of care is higher than 30% (with NJ being the second highest in the nation at 38.8%)
o The support of a midwife has been shown to reduce the length of labor, help women avoid unnecessary interventions and improve birth outcomes.
o Midwives provide nutrition and lifestyle information women are taught how to care for themselves before and during pregnancy to avoid excessive weight gain, blood pressure disease and diabetes

For more information about the midwifery model of care visit or

Brought to you by the Midwives of New Jersey - committed to improving pregnancy and birth outcomes in New Jersey. To learn more visit

Topic for third spot:
Choices in Birth. (Your Birth Your Choice NJ Conference)

All women have a way that they birth best. Those ways are as varied as the women themselves. A woman’s birth choice is never wrong as long as she had been provided with unbiased information, within a strong relationship with her chosen care provider, in order to make her CHOICES.

If you are pregnant or trying to conceive, please join us on ______ in Mendham NJ for a free conference/seminar on birth choices available to women in New Jersey. We will be taking an unbiased look at birth settings, birth providers, pain relief options and more. Husbands are welcome. Light food and beverages will be served and there will be time following the conference to ask questions.

Call to Action: To register visit _________Invite to the Birth Your Choice Conference in Mendham NJ

Brought to you by the Midwives of New Jersey - committed to improving pregnancy and birth outcomes in New Jersey. To learn more visit

Topic for Fourth spot:
How to Have a Normal Birth

Natural childbirth is a viable option for most women, resulting in a real sense of fulfillment for the mothers and a deep bond with their babies. And although many women are fearful of the discomfort involved, they hope for a birth without medication, having avoided medication throughout their whole pregnancy for the health of their baby.

But only 1 in 10 women have a completely unmedicated birth in New Jersey because the medical model of care is not set up to accommodate a woman desiring a natural childbirth. For a woman who is considering the option of natural childbirth, it is critical that she be proactive and prepare early in her pregnancy.

A woman desiring a normal birth will want to consider:

Birth Setting: Women who plan to deliver out of the hospital have more natural births and far fewer cesareans. Homebirth and Birth Centers are safe alternatives to routine hospital births. And some hospitals in New Jersey are far more flexible with women’s birth plans than others.

Provider: Seek a care provider who provides non-biased, evidence-based information who is experienced with natural childbirth such as a Midwife.

Doula: Labor doulas provide reassurance and comfort measures to the woman and her partner that a busy hospital is unable to provide. Studies have shown that doulas reduce the chances a woman will have a cesarean.

Pain Management:
It’s important to have an option other than an epidural available for pain management. A woman should inquire at her place of birth about the use of tubs (waterbirth), showers, birth balls, rocking chairs and ambulation in labor.

Midwives believe that women are strong, capable, powerful and are able to manage the discomfort of labor and that they do not need to be “rescued,” but rather they need to be supported.

Brought to you by the Midwives of New Jersey - committed to improving pregnancy and birth outcomes in New Jersey. To learn more visit

Topic for Fifth spot:

Many women who desire to have a natural birth after having had a Cesarean Section have a difficult time finding a provider that will support them in their choice. Midwifery Care is an excellent option for those desiring a Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Section (VBAC).

In most published studies, 60-80% or roughly 3 to 4 out of 5 women who have previously undergone cesarean birth can successfully give birth vaginally.
And statistically, the highest rate of VBAC involves women who have experienced both vaginal and cesarean births and given the choice, have decided to deliver vaginally.

Over 95% of women who have had a prior cesarean can labor safely for a VBAC with a less than a 1% chance of uterine rupture. There is also a possibility of tearing or need for an episiotomy with VBAC.

The physical risks associated with a repeat c-section include weakened uterine wall which may interefere with future pregnancies, problems with the placenta with each subsequent c-section including placenta previa and accreate, bladder injuries and heavy bleeding.

If you have had one or more cesareans, your decision about whether to plan a VBAC or a repeat cesarean section impacts you, your baby, as well as future pregnancies. It is important and worthwhile to become well-informed about both VBAC and repeat cesarean, understand the trade-offs of each, and weigh your own values and concerns so that you can come to a decision that is best for you.

For more information on VBAC, visit

Brought to you by the Midwives of New Jersey - committed to improving pregnancy and birth outcomes in New Jersey. To learn more visit

Other possible topics to be covered:

• Preconception /Pregnancy– Nutrition
• Waterbirth
• How to avoid a C-section 
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