Week 26: Birth art: Fantasy of Labor and Birth

This is one of the art assignments in Birthing from Within, called Fantasy of Labor and Birth. I would describe this picture as the fantasy to be cradled in nature, sheltered by a big tree and mountain, with no other people around, free and uninhibited – in this interpretation, I am the pink human figure. But a friend of mine looked at this and interpreted it differently. She said that she saw me as the tree, big and colorful and powerful and rooted.

Fantasy of labor and birth

Fantasy of labor and birth

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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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