Women’s Rights vs. “Professional Policy”


If there ever was a time for women and those who support women’s rights to speak up, it is NOW.

This article published by AJOG – American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is nothing short of a threat to women and their right to choose, where, with whom and how she births.

If every pregnant women were told, that they could not get an epidural or be seen by a physician but had to see someone their insurance chose and no one else, there would be an uproar!  How dare anyone tell us that we cannot do what we want, use what we want and have a say!

However that very thing is happening to women who want to birth the way God intended.

Despite the research that is being done and outcomes are showing women who have uncomplicated pregnancies, who have an experienced supported Midwife and that Midwife has supportive staff in hospitals, that births are safe, even safer, than hospital births.  Those who count on fear to drive their profession are literally attacking Midwives and women who know that their birth and their baby would benefit from staying home or being in a birthing center.

How can we say that home is just as safe?  As Ina May Gaskin has said time again, only half a percentage point of births occur at home (that number is rising slowly), yet we have one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world.  We rank 50th, which means that 49 other countries have better rates than we do, Greece, Japan and the United Kingdom to name a few according to this article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/24/maternal-mortality-rate-infographic_n_1827427.html which shows the rate and numbers of the U.S. and other countries.

We’ve proven at the recent elections that women make a difference

Our voices matter

Unfortunately, other countries follow our example in many aspects and one of them is the views surrounding pregnancy and birth.  More people are turning to hospitals rather than their Midwives, women are having more epidurals than before.

It’s going to start with us, women in America to say that we won’t be told what we are ‘allowed’ to do with our bodies or especially our babies.  No matter whether you had a hospital birth or home birth, the nitpicking at each other as mothers is misplaced.

Instead of feeling sensitive, hurt, frowned upon by those who’ve had a different experience than you, turn your emotions to making a positive change for all of us as women.

Medical establishments, insurance companies and health care providers are actually trying to say that their say is worth more than our own, matters more than our own.

That our rights as women come second to what they deem appropriate in their profession

That women’s bodies don’t matter, our babies don’t matter.

So what are we going to do about it?  What can we do?  First you should learn the facts, trust your intuition and gather, gather with women regularly and talk about the things that are uncomfortable, work through the anger/pain/hurt that come up…together.

Together, we will make a difference and we will be heard.


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