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 […]
This online chat was Part 2 of the ongoing conversation on Activism in the Birth Room between Aimee Brill of Doula Trainings International and me. (You can find Part 1 here.) In case you missed it, here is the recap:
We hear the stories frequently. The Midwife-Gone-Medical or the Doula-Acting-Renegade. They exist as platforms for the need for well-defined scopes of practice. But it’s not often we get to put a face or humanity behind the stories. They exist as pure propaganda, Allegorical creatures conjured for the greater good, our own stay-in-line benefit. The Person […]
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 […]
Women have held their place as an inhuman conceptual idea – one that is clothed in the dirty rags of one’s imagination so as to maintain a believable discourse. Society, at large, feels the need to leave it that way because as soon as we begin to actually listen to women’s stories and experiences it becomes complicated. We can no longer maintain our pretend image of what kinds of women make certain choices. We have to begin to acknowledge that choices are personal, that women are best positioned to know what is best for themselves and their families, and that women, alone, should be held with the responsibility and right of making their own healthcare decisions.
In looking back, will we see a history that illuminates the boldness of folks with a uterus – one defined by insistent non-compromise? Or will our struggle be laced with concessions, excused by ourselves and society, named baby-steps and progress and forward thinking?
We sure have a lot of rules to keep track of, don’t we folks? Sometimes it’s hard to keep track of them all. I’ve done my best to compile them in one, tidy place for everyone’s convenience. Maybe I should work on pocket-sized notecards. Baby steps…. Okay, here they are, best I could remember – […]
In July 2014, Jennifer Goodall, a Florida mother, pregnant with her fourth child, was threatened by her hospital with cesarean surgery “with or without [her] consent” when she insisted on a trial of labor. Now, Jennifer speaks, activist-to-activist, about her birth experience, activism, and what she sees as the fundamental flaws in the System. Hey, […]
One of the ways to identify whether a people group is oppressed is to note how seamlessly a rhetoric has been swallowed and then regurgitated. The global pregnant population has thoughtlessly vomited phrases like, “he wouldn’t let me,” and “I wasn’t allowed,” in relation to decisions about their bodies for so long that when we hear […]