STORY-TELLING Illuminates the ways
in which women and families are “allowed” and “not allowed” to give birth on their own terms, as well as various aspects of the birth monopoly, like obstetric violence, birth trauma, and legal rights.
In this emotional episode, New Mexico mom Jennifer Smith describes having a Cesarean without consent after medical staff ignored her decision to have a vaginal birth rather than repeat surgery, and her trauma afterwards. "I'm numb from the waist down and I...read more
Eps. 24-25 – “They Wouldn’t Let Me Call it Assault Because We Need to Protect the Doctor” | Anon. Nurse
WARNING: This story includes graphic detail and may be difficult to listen to. In these stomach-churning episodes (Parts 1 and 2), nurse "Britany" describes witnessing what she describes as a violation and assault on a laboring woman: a so-called "manual...read more
Ep. 23 – After a Non-Consented C-Section, “I’ll Be Damned if This Happens To Somebody Else” | Sara Conrad
Following a traumatic, non-consented Cesarean and dismissal of her complaints about it, Sara Conrad says, “I have a lot of rage and I want to use that to propel me forward and try to prevent it from happening to other people.”read more
Kimberly Turbin made headlines and history when she sued her doctor for assault when he gave her a medically unnecessary and botched episiotomy during the birth of her child. The case was resolved in 2017, but Kimberly is still dealing with the effects of the assault.read more
Black, overweight, on Medicaid, in Alabama, AND wanting a vaginal birth after Cesarean? Our special guest Sabrina Azemar recounts her difficulties convincing her maternal care providers to “let” her do what pregnant bodies have been doing for centuries.read more
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.read more
“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.read more
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.read more
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.read more
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