#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. I have much respect for this author for exposing this story. Still – her stereotypes about midwives are shared with the public at large and 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 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 as doctors are not – the world is too filled with complexity to be able to control every variable. Yet the allopathic model is way too often selling us the Titanic, and I’m very weary of anyone trying to sell me an unsinkable ship. I admire the author’s courage to ultimately advocate for herself, and her deep insights about how we are subjugated in typical pregnancies.

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