Dawn Thompson is the founder of ImprovingBirth. She’s been in the birth industry since 2003, supporting hundreds of families during the birth and postpartum period. During her work, she witnessed extensive use of non-evidence based care that was contributing to higher rates of induction, c-sections and other unnecessary interventions, putting mothers and babies at risk. Not one to stand by, she first organized a small rally at a local San Diego hospital in late 2011, which opened the doors of communication with hospital administration. Then came the National Rally to Improve Birth in 2012 with 110 locations in 46 states with over 250 media outlets covering the story. Dawn strives to educate and empower women to take charge of their maternal health decision making and to bring awareness to our maternity care crisis.