Last week, (yet another) article came out detailing the case of a woman who is suing her doctor for pressuring her into a cesarean against her will. There is so much to deconstruct within the narrative of that story, but I want to focus on the commentary from the Obstetrician in the case. I have […]
On August 18, the Annals of Internal Medicine published an article, called, “Our Family Secrets,” which highlighted two stories of medical sexual abuse of women in order to explore the culture of patient abuse. The piece ends with the author stating, “I know this is my silence to break.” And in doing so, the thousands […]
We all know the onus isn’t on victims to behave, act, or dress a certain way in order to not be raped. Yet, because the dominant culture has yet to fully insist that rapists be held accountable for their actions, many of us generally take certain precautions in an attempt to keep ourselves safer. Which led […]
Being neck-deep in reproductive and birth justice work, I don’t often allow myself to venture outside of the feelings of rage that fuels the immediacy of the work at hand. If I tapped into sadness every time, I’d be crying all day every day. This film, though, gave me pause to sit in the deep and dark emotions that accompany this work – the emotions that women collectively experience when faced with the SO MANY obstacles that stand in our way of our autonomy and self-empowerment and joy and accomplishment. The self-talk of the women in the film, I think, really clenched this sadness. …How programmed women are to be blamed. How ingrained we are to ignore the systemic problems of the institution and instead cast it onto the women, themselves; onto ourselves….
I’m excited to offer this introductory conversation into “Activism in the Birth Room” with Aimee Brill of Doula Trainings International. As Aimee and I started brainstorming about how to be sure to package this content in just the right way, we found that there are really several parts to this discussion, all of which deserve their […]
We can’t eliminate gender-based violence, while we ignore the way we usher so many women into parenthood on the heels of violence, itself.
We’ve been talking a lot about vulnerability and triggers lately. The #emptybucket campaign has made many of us shift in our seats, considering the possibility of verbalizing our traumatic experiences of being treated as vessels. The other day, I talked about things that have triggered me since my birth trauma on the Birth Anarchy Facebook […]
In early July 2014, Bayfront Health in Port Charlotte, Florida, threatened to force Jennifer Goodall to undergo cesarean surgery “with or without her consent.” Jennifer resisted. With a campaign spear-headed by Cristen Pascucci of Improving Birth, a large-scale consumer revolt ensued, waking thousands of folks from a cultured, complacent, do-as-you’re-told birthing slumber. Jennifer went on […]
I sat down to write a piece on the glaring disparity between the way that we sanction and discipline physicians vs. the way we discipline midwives – the clearly defined enemy border, the edges of which have been charred in a centuries-long professional gendercide. While physicians are civilly sued and professionally sanctioned, midwives remain tied […]
“I had my membranes stripped WHILE in labor at my midwives office. …my husband .. bore witness … the nurses heard my screaming from the hallway. I went back to speak to her in an attempt to move on. But with a straight face she said “I never heard you say stop”…. All of this, […]