My wish for all the 2013 pregnancies is that each and every woman/couple do their research and shop around for the best caregiver, place to birth and pre-natal education. You are making these decisions on behalf of your baby. They are some of the most important choices you will ever make. Both my books – ‘Birth Right’ and ‘Doulas-why every pregnant woman deserves one’, will help you shop around or you can contact me directly for an early consult, which will give you invaluable insight into ‘the system’ and how to best navigate your way around. It is intimidating and confusing, so get some professional help. I was out on NYE with a group of women, all who have adult children, and some who are now grandparents. I am still amazed at how many women, justify the reasons for medical intervention, for themselves or how their grandchildren were born. They truly believe that they have been ‘saved’ by an obstetrician. In the majority of these stories, one fact is clear – they did not have the right information and education to shop around and understand the system. There is a lot of medical bullying happening with pregnant women, and my hope and plan is for 2013 to be a year of more awareness for pregnant women.