So a week after the big statement was promised, it was published. The initial reaction: it took them a week to come up with this drivel? It doesn't make any sense!
It is with sad hearts and disappointed hopes that Brio Birth is announcing the cancellation of our very first birthLIVE birth.
Quite possibly the only true thing in the statement. We should just stop here.
... No? Then proceed, intrepid reader, but don your hip waders and watch out for Pinocchio's nose!
While we have received a ton of support and there has been much excitement there has also been a small but determined group of individuals whose focus has been to destroy this opportunity for not only the mother that was bravely willing to share her birth, for all of the mothers who could have been inspired by this birth and for the producer, Brio Birth whose desire is to help educate women everywhere.
How are they measuring "support", exactly, other than in weight? Maybe we should try measuring in Brio's favorite units - currency. When you subtract contributions by the Brio Bunch and known cronies (leaving in the questionable "Anonymous" contributions), they raised approximately $500 out of a proposed $25,000, or 2% of their goal. That doesn't seem like a "ton" of support, at least not where it really counts. And those monies were refunded to the contributors when their campaign was yanked - Eureka! The small but determined group of individuals must have been the Indiegogo staff team, who openly told inquirers that they pulled the campaign because it was too high risk (which appears to be a politically correct way of saying "probable fraud").
Surprisingly much of this destructive activity has not come from the medical world hoping to stop the mainstream acceptance of home birth and the choice to have a vaginal birth after a cesarean section, (VBAC) but from our own natural birth community.
Could you describe the "destructive activity", sir? And oh, that birth community - it really treats poor Brio and Kylomi like dirt, doesn't it? Wasn't it also the "birth community" that forced poor Kylomi to have an unassisted birth? (Translation: no homebirth midwife would work with them because they had cheated their previous midwife and lied to the one who actually considered working with them, not to mention all the other issues that had made Naomi's name mud long since, and they freely chose not to take any of the many truly natural birth friendly hospital options available to them.)
We have actively tried to stay away from the negativity and let our actions speak for themselves, unfortunately there are so many who let the fear and negativity cloud what they know to be good. We ask everyone to stop and do two things -
1. Look around BrioBirth.com - see the good being done
2. Look at our Brio Birth Facebook Page - the largest in natural birth education - and again see the good that is being done
Rest assured, Brio, your actions have definitely spoken for themselves. Very loudly. And more people are beginning to notice. One thing we can agree on - everyone should definitely look around briobirth.com. Take note of the defunct website that was designed to be an ad server and couldn't even do that right. Browse through the recycled months-old blog posts. Search for an educator near you! If you can even turn up any results, they are likely educators who left Brio over a year ago. Many will openly denounce Brio.
While you're at it, go ahead and look at the Brio Birth Facebook page. So it's got a ton of likes - you can get those when you make a full-time job of trying to drum them up. It is completely possible to buy likes, and one of Brio's favorite techniques is to steal IP and redistribute it as their own. So please, go look at the "good" that is being done by posting stolen memes, re-posting fan questions, and putting up vapid discussion topics such as "what two things will you miss about parenting when your kids are grown?". Maybe it's engaging a Facebook user that would otherwise be a serial killer out harming people. That would be some "good", I guess.
We are disappointed and sad that a few voices have been enough to stop this brave mother from sharing her birth with the world.
So how, exactly, have these "few voices" - whoever they are: Indiegogo? the Birth Community? the One-Armed Man? the Media? - stopped this event, let alone a mother sharing her birth with the world, which she could do without the stain of Brio on it? Since when does "negativity" stop an event?
We cannot give those voices power and we will not go quietly into the night. We are continuing on with the birthLIVE project, just slower than we had hoped, with Brio Birth will be funding the events.
Oh, we are quite sure you will not go quietly into the night. That is why Birth Scam Report, its readers, and more and more of your victims will be there, watching your every move, protecting the mothers, babies, and unsuspecting birth professionals from your scams.
We at Brio Birth want to thank Nicole, Matt and her birth team for their courage and love for each other - you are inspirations to all of us.
I think everyone wishes Nicole, her family, and her birth team the best. No one ever "harassed" Nicole, despite Brio's vigorous protests. No one was even really harassing Brio - the only thing "harassing" Brio was their own history of misdeeds.
In summary, a lot of whining and finger pointing, not much of substance. Moving right along...