Behind many instances of women abused in childbirth is their provider’s fear of naturally unfolding birth, and their fear of being unnecessary. Abuse is about control. Simply, it’s boundary violation. Unnecessary c-sections – risky, life-changing surgery on a woman’s womb – are a huge boundary violation. But the way providers go about them, calling themContinue reading “When Providers Fear Birth”
You’re pregnant, and you want to hire a doula. You know they can provide great support to pregnant moms during prenatal care, labor, birth, and even postpartum. But… perhaps you’ve heard of the great doula debate: some doulas will advocate for you while you’re in labor, and some, well, not so much. That might beContinue reading “10 Questions To Ask Before You Hire a Doula”
It’s strange how no breeze ever reminded me of my c-section.
In our culture, somehow, stories of birth are not celebrated. The consequences are dire.
Every birth is once-in-a-lifetime.
In reality, if your OB wants to c-section you, they will. No amount of preparation can combat the power differential.
Dismissing trauma is re-traumatizing. With c-sections in particular, people seem overly eager to smooth over the wound.