[45 minutes] "Brookwood is my Brock Turner": In this episode, Cristen speaks with Caroline Malatesta, the Alabama mother who won a lawsuit against her hospital after she was permanently injured in a "wrestling match" with her nurses during childbirth--in a place that...
In this episode, Cristen speaks with an experienced Labor & Delivery nurse about the obstetric violence she has witnessed and even participated in. She says, "I’ve seen doctors pry women’s legs apart with their elbows… I’ve seen doctors check people [vaginally]...
Birth Allowed Radio Episode 8 – Woman Records Confrontation with Hospital re: Consent, Experts Refute Hospital Defense
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.
ARTICLE COMING SOON (JUNE)! Get on our email list to be notified when this article is available PREVIEW: This question comes up because of the many women who have contacted me to report that when they complained to a hospital about receiving a non-consented or forced...
Katie Kissel was stunned when, she says, Dr. Dawn Mandeville didn't wait for her consent and cut an episiotomy on her during her first baby's birth at Dekalb Medical in Atlanta, Georgia. The doctor simply stated she was going to do it, and before Katie could respond,...
In this episode, Cristen speaks with Jesanna Cooper, an obstetrician at an urban Alabama hospital serving a high-risk population. Dr. Cooper describes the unintentional outcomes of a change in practice at her clinic: Once they implemented a feminist care model,...
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.”
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