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Published September 03, 2012, 07:32 PM

Fargo Ralliers Say Birthing Needs to Improve in the US

It was hard for drivers in South Fargo to miss the spectacle on the streets this morning. People danced around, sporting bright blue shirts and waving signs, all to raise awareness for Women's Rights.

By: Kelsey Roseth, WDAY TV

It was hard for drivers in South Fargo to miss the spectacle on the streets this morning. People danced around, sporting bright blue shirts and waving signs, all to raise awareness for Women's Rights.

Surrounded by women, he's not exactly the person you'd expect at a Women's Rights rally but NDSU Student Michael Olson joined the nationwide movement to improve birth.

Olson: "Cars are coming by all the time, honking their horns, helping to support the cause, it's a really fun atmosphere."

The North Dakota Rally for Change perched on the intersection of 25th Street and 32nd Avenue to promote natural childbirth and create conversation about c-sections and the high mortality rate of mothers in childbirth in the United States

Amber Kracht, North Dakota Rally for Change: "It's just too easily accessible, it's the next best thing when they run up against a wall in labor... Women have a greater risk of dying birthing in the United States than they do in almost all European countries, Canada, Asia and even parts of the Middle East."

The group says a c-section is not only a major, serious surgery, but it's hard on your little ones too.

Kracht: "There are attachment issues when it comes to breastfeeding, kids are at increased risk for respiratory problems.”

That's why Olson says he's on board to do what's best for moms and their babies.

Olson: "Where the United States is in rank with other countries, where we are kinda low, it's nice to come out and support the cause."

The March of Dimes says providers offer c-sections if there is a problem with pregnancy and it's safer than natural childbirth. Yet the Rally for Change says the United States can do better.”

For more information about the National Rally for Change you can go to http://www.improvingbirth.org

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