ACOG discourages physicians “in the strongest possible terms” from the use of coercion and court-ordered threats or interventions against pregnant women.
For pregnant people and those who work with them, these ethical concepts around their care are critical.
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.
The legal authority in childbirth lies with the woman giving birth, not the providers of care. Our words should reflect that.