Category Archives: Activism

Week 11: The Radish Spirit

Before I ever carried a fetus in my body, I was convinced purely on instinct that fetuses weren’t people. I understood intellectually that the concept of fetal personhood would revoke my personhood, and understood the reasons behind some ancient religious … Continue reading

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Talking to pregnant women about my traumatic birth

For a while I told anybody and everybody all about my birth. Then for a while I didn’t talk about it much. I seem to have lately arrived at a middle ground where I feel like I’m not putting too … Continue reading

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Breaking the silence on obstetric violence: A case study on power/knowledge, medical discipline and the resistance of the childbearing woman

There are no relations of power without resistances; the latter are all the more real and effective because they are formed right at the point where relations of power are exercised. – Michel Foucault Any doula can tell you when … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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NY hospital sued over forced c-section

A lawsuit was filed last month against Staten Island University Hospital and an OB/GYN practice there. The suit has grabbed attention for its focus on patient rights to autonomy and informed consent, rights that can be difficult to define and … Continue reading

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