Articles: Obstetric Violence
“I interrupted and said ‘she said stop, take your hand out of her vagina right now, she said stop!’”
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.
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.
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...
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 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.”
So much trauma could be prevented by simply listening to and respecting the women giving birth.
While some states are working hard to make maternity care safer, less expensive, and more humane, Arizona is going backwards, fast, led by its state Department of Health Services. New interpretation of existing state regulations that go into effect on July 1 impose...
The legal authority in childbirth lies with the woman giving birth, not the providers of care. Our words should reflect that.
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