Submit your story to break the silence

Please consider submitting your story if you have experienced abuse at the hands of medical professionals during childbirth. I know that it is difficult to break the silence about these experiences, but it is important to let others know that this is a widespread problem.

The stories are being sought by two organizations, Human Rights in Childbirth and the Birth Rights Bar Association, to present to the court in an amicus brief. The brief will focus specifically on procedures that were done during childbirth without consent. The lawyers plan to use the brief in arguing the case of Rinat Dray, who is suing a Staten Island hospital for performing a c-section without her consent.

I plan to submit my story. Click here to submit yours too, if you have one.

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About investigatingbirth

My investigations of birth began in 2009 when I was trained as a doula. I helped women consider the evidence on common interventions, and helped them prepare for the physical and emotional challenge of giving birth. After some time it became clear to me that there was another type of challenge that I was unable to adequately prepare them for, the challenge of the maternity system. But it was only after my own traumatic birth in 2013 that I realized how little I had understood. I began to ask questions that few around me - doulas, nurses, midwives, doctors - were comfortable hearing. Questions like: Under what circumstances, and for what reasons, do doctors not practice informed consent? How do hospitals deal with other patient populations vulnerable to abuse? How does loss of professional autonomy, for obstetricians, and professional authority, for midwives, impact the quality of care they are capable of providing - regardless of their training? This blog will collect noteworthy information that attempts to answer these and other questions. Most of what you see here will be aggregated from other sources and analyzed. You will also see original interviews, and the occasional opinion piece or personal story, as I try to piece together a clear picture of the system in which American women give birth.
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