Sen. Vivian Davis Figures drops a truth bomb in the Alabama legislature: “Who do you think birthed your ancestors. Uneducated slaves, ok? They were midwives.”
**TRIGGER WARNING** for description of assault of a laboring woman In our fifth episode, Cristen speaks with an anonymous doula in Alabama who describes the cultural shift that is happening there slowly, but where women are still largely disempowered from making...
Cristen talks with Susan Jenkins, perhaps the most experienced midwifery law lawyer in the U.S., about the decades-long struggle of midwives and consumers vs. “Organized Medicine.”
How are women “allowed” and “not allowed” to give birth on their own terms? In our first three episodes,
we discuss the Kentucky birth monopoly, home birth, obstetric violence, bans on vaginal birth after Cesarean (VBAC), and being a doula in an abusive system.
This short Birth Monopoly video looks at the reality families face in a state where, in many ways, hospitals have more control over birth than women do.
“It is not at all obvious that we should always be so focused on perinatal mortality.”
The performance of medical procedures without consent on a competent adult is unethical, unprofessional, and possibly illegal. More specifically, when a medical or midwifery professional administers a procedure without the consent of the pregnant or laboring...
ACOG discourages physicians “in the strongest possible terms” from the use of coercion and court-ordered threats or interventions against pregnant women.
So what does a doula do when her client is being violated right in front of her?
For pregnant people and those who work with them, these ethical concepts around their care are critical.
As Kentucky families desperately seek safer, more cost effective maternity care options, the Kentucky Hospital Association and Kentucky Medical Association cling to their monopoly on the market.
Inaccurate information from the Kentucky Medical Association about SB85 (a bill to license Certified Professional Midwives) vs. the truth from the coalition of Kentucky families
“As if birthing a baby isn’t hard enough, I gave birth while engaged in a physical struggle against the people I trusted to care for us.”
Recently, a nurse wrote to Birth Monopoly about “seemingly fabricated traumatic birth stories.”
This first nurse’s comment gives us a pretty accurate peephole into an operating system that tells traumatized women, over and over: “Stop talking.”
What do you think about the role of doulas and their “place” in our system? Is it changing?
Does it need to change?
Some moms don’t realize that doulas can’t say every little thing that’s on their minds, and they have professional standards that may preclude them from talking to you like you are a best friend.
A chokehold on the market by hospital-based facilities means that the majority of the population has access to only one type of care: a high-intervention, institutional model.
“While there may be some overlap in the services provided, … it is a stretch to claim that traditional hospitals providing only hospital-based birthing environments offer services similar to an [alternative birth center].” – Judge J. Phillip Shepherd
What the general public and the media don’t understand, when they are asking doctors about midwives, is that doctors are the reason American women don’t have midwives.
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