#MeToo Pregnancy and How We Break the Cycle

In The Guardian’s article “‘I felt I was being punished for pushing back’: pregnancy and #MeToo,” we learn about the author’s journey through her high risk pregnancy and challenges when there are no easy answers. So much respect to this author for exposing this story. And – our stereotypes about midwives are part of the #metoo pregnancy problem. I bring this up because down in the 24th paragraph is the part of the solution that has to do with midwives, but it is considered a flawed solution because it can’t help all women (ie high risk) and some women just want the epidural. We are ignorant to the fact that hospital-based midwives CAN attend some high-risk women and attend ANY epidural births, and that COUNTRIES WHERE MIDWIVES LEAD THE OBSTETRIC TEAMS HAVE THE HEALTHIEST, safest and most satisfying outcomes. To combat #metoo birth, we need to see how much power we are giving to a patriarchical medical model that still considers women’s bodies as somehow “other.” We (all sexes) are stuck in the thinking that woman-centric care somehow must not be safe, or too grannyish, or too bold, or unscientific. As long as we are bought into our fears/stereotypes about the “unmediated” birth movement on a deeper level than the “emergency around every corner” birth movement, this raw, intelligent, deeply thoughtful article will persist as truth. I fully acknowledge midwives aren’t the answer for every situation (just like doctors are not) – this world, and birth, is too filled with complexity to be able to control every variable. The allopathic model is way too often selling us the Titanic – but I’m very weary of anyone trying to sell me an unsinkable ship. I admire the author’s courage to stand up for herself ultimately and deep insights about how we are subjugated in typical pregnancies.

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