primroseburrows: (birthchairwtf)
The Still-Cruel Maternity Wards
by Henci Goer

In 1959, the Ladies' Home Journal published an article called “Cruelty in the Maternity Wards,” in which women told stories of their inhumane treatment during childbirth. Despite the uproar it provoked, 50 years later, nothing substantial has changed. Really. Recently, apregnant Florida woman was confined by the court to bedrest and ordered to submit to any treatment her doctor deemed necessary, including cesarean surgery.

This is one of a string of similar stories appearing over the past months: A New Jersey woman with PTSD and depression in her past was deprived of custody of her child at birth because she refused to sign a blanket consent at hospital admission for cesarean surgery, an act cited as proof she was too mentally ill to be a fit mother. An Arizona woman with a prior Cesarean was told if she showed up in labor and refused automatic surgery, the hospital would get a court order and perform it anyway. And an Illinois woman was literally tortured throughout labor by her doctor to punish her for not calling before coming to the hospital while medical staff stood by and did nothing.

These stories aren’t aberrations. We have a culture of impunity in maternity wards. Once pregnant, a woman effectively cedes her right to autonomy and bodily integrity to obstetric staff who sometimes—on grounds of fetal welfare, self-protection from malpractice suits, or mere conveniencemanipulate women into compliance in ways that would be considered fraud in any other venue. Without fear of being called to account for it, they can bully, coerce, humiliate, and threaten. And, yes, they can physically mistreat or even sexually assault them—imagine if the Illinois woman’s story occurred outside of an L&D unit.

primroseburrows: (birthchairwtf)
I thought I'd lost my wtf about the fuckery that goes on during hospital births a long time ago, but hmm, guess not.

From Molly Remer's Talk Birth blog:

'I recently finished reading the new book Birth Space, Safe Place by Adela Stockton (watch for my full review and a giveaway on the CfM blog next week!). The author lives in Scotland and something in the book’s glossary jumped out and caught my eye. The word was “diamorphine” and the definition was: “a semi-synthetic opoid for labour—only administered in Scotland; another name for heroin.”

The irony that giving heroin to women in labor is considered a medically acceptable practice, but that “letting” a woman labor without an IV or in water—as some of many examples—is considered unsafe or risky is so boggling my mind that I can’t even comment any further!'

I'd rant, but I really don't know what to say.
primroseburrows: (Default)
Hey, Australians? Tell me about this guy because I think I love him a little. He's a Conservative? Woah. I can't think of another conservative in public life, with or without a capital C, who'd be so blatantly pro-birth choice. Go him!

primroseburrows: (birthchairwtf)
Dear ACOG,

Thank you so much for ALLOWING women to sip at (slightly) more than ice chips when in labour. Thank you for telling us that we MAY drink "modest amounts" of clear liquids. Thank you for GRANTING US PERMISSION for what we can do with our own bodies during childbirth.

Sarcastically never ever ever yours,


P.S. Fuck you.

More on the story here. Dear gods.
primroseburrows: (birthsecret by)
What she said.

I'd add something, but really, she says it all.

In other news, there are five patients on my unit (we have eighteen beds). We're getting one more in the next couple of hours, and then we'll have six. *twiddles thumbs*
primroseburrows: (whattheshit)
An excerpt from Marsden Wagner's book Born in the USA:

Florida woman forced to have Caesarean section against her will )

Original blog article is here.

Ms P's whole name is Laura Pendleton. A link to the lawsuit ruling is here (.pdf file)

In summary: The hospital called the cops on her, and the GOVERNMENT took away her reproductive rights by forcing her to have MAJOR ABDOMINAL SURGERY against her will. Holy shit.

Obviously, neither the hospital nor the Florida courts have read this (taken from here):

It's called INFORMED CHOICE, America )

This may very well be the scariest thing I've read about birth, ever, and I've been reading about birth since I was a child, and about birth politics since I was a teenager. WTF, AMERICA? (well, okay, Florida, but last time I looked Florida was still a US state).

Okay, now I'm going to bed because I worked all night and I'm knackered.


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