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Often, birth care professionals often alienate plus-size moms-to-be with shaming, inadequate equipment, and mistreatment. In this episode of Birth Allowed Radio, we talk about plus size birth and how to find a practitioner who will treat you like a person, not a set of risk factors.
“There is a big gap between how providers think they are doing, and how patients think those providers are doing.” Obstetric anesthesiologist Dr. Tracey Vogel talks about how clinicians can and must do better when it comes to birth trauma.
“Women are the ONLY stakeholders who matter.” Cristen Pascucci’s Speech at 2018 Kentucky March for Moms
These words came out of a growing sense of frustration that American leadership is so quick to blame women for what are actually systemic problems in maternity care.
When “lower” groups fight amongst themselves, they never come together and create change. Hurt and traumatized by the system, their lashing out is a side effect of the oppressive system in which they participate.
As part of the free Mother May I Series, we are honored to present a webinar with Dr. Sayida Peprah, hosted by Cristen Pascucci and Birth Monopoly, on Birth Trauma & Maternal Mental Health. Dr. Sayida Peprah Dr. Sayida is both a licensed clinical psychologist and a...
Midwife Karen Webster has been investigated and charged in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia for practicing midwifery–and she says she would do it all again to ensure women can give birth on their terms.
International Midwives and Obstetricians Groups Plead for Clemency in Case of Persecuted Hungarian Midwife/OB Agnes Gereb
This case of birth monopoly is about the long-term legal prosecution of Agnes Gereb, the trailblazing Hungarian obstetrician who chose to become a midwife almost 20 years into her career so that she could support women on their own terms.
My special guest is Lindsay Askins, a birth doula and birth photographer, and my partner in Exposing the Silence, a photography and interview project about birth trauma and obstetric violence. www.exposingthesilenceproject.com/
Birth plans are women being smarter than hospitals when hospitals fail to follow humane, science-based practices. That they have to be written down and pre-approved by a doctor is evidence of how little women’s decisions in birth matter.
In this episode, we talk about the world of pregnancy, breastfeeding, and marijuana use. Heather Thompson, PhD, helps us sort the science from the pearl-clutching to help us make sense of this thorny topic.
Implied consent is a concept that has become skewed, in all aspects of life on the sexual spectrum, including birth. Whether in the hospital or the bedroom, implied consent never overrides explicit non-consent.
A must for doulas! In this fun episode, Cristen speaks with Gena Kirby, doula trainer extraordinaire, about her remarkable success at getting dads and partners motivated, engaged, and involved in the birth room.
The concept of “implied consent” is sometimes mischaracterized by hospitals to justify violations of women’s dignity and rights in childbirth.
In a scenario right out of the world of A Handmaid’s Tale, women in Arkansas seeking to avoid the hospital for birth must submit to a state-mandated vaginal exam. Advocates are trying to change that.
Doulas navigate tricky waters in the birth room, between advocating for their clients and earning the good will of the medical team. Here’s one doula who doesn’t believe those things are mutually exclusive.
Caroline Malatesta famously won millions from her hospital for a botched birth. But it was the lack of support for her case from local doulas that left her with trauma long after.
An experienced Labor & Delivery nurse shares about the obstetric violence she has witnessed and even participated in, plus how we can all push for change against a misogynistic system.
Here the actual recording of a hospital misinforming a violated woman about her clinical care and legal rights, plus commentary from experts on why the hospital is so wrong.
What happens when a doctor who laughs at her patients and cuts them without their consent is in charge of the whole department? Find out what happened when one of her former patients sought more respectful care with a new provider.