The Power of Birth / Forbidden Feminine Pt. 2

The Power of Birth / Forbidden Feminine Pt. 2

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Museum-quality posters made on thick and durable matte paper. A statement in any room, these puppies are printed on archival, acid-free paper that yields brilliant prints to brighten up any room. Blacks print as a deep rich black (something I’m personally picky about and love in these prints)!

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"Armed with nothing but fear and the idea that I would kill our baby... I was forced to consent."

These are the words of my dear friend Katie who I asked to write about her traumatic birth experience with her second child for inspiration for this piece—as well as for her own processing.

She was convinced by her healthcare professionals (and family members) that her desire to vaginally birth a breech baby would kill her baby. Not because it would actually kill her baby... but because the healthcare professionals aren't trained on how to birth breech. Because the birthing experience for the mother and child is a low priority. The sacred and powerful process of her desired birth, her instincts, along with her voice, was lost within the priorities of the hospital. She was tearfully forced and guilted into a c-section.

It's no secret that birthing mothers are viewed as unstable and misguided in our most powerful moment.

I don't think that one birth approach is right for everyone. I do think that birthing mothers are extremely in-tune and instinctual. And we have been taught as a society that we must numb it away (which mostly doesn't work anyway, but does make hospitals lots of $$$) so the hospital staff can feel in control. We're told multiple times during pregnancy that we won't be able to handle it—the pain of childbirth. From friends, family, our OB, hell even acquaintances... Because the power of the mother has been discouraged. The sacred birthing experience has been reduced to an extraction. Mothers in labor are considered patients in our hospitals. We are not ill. We are birthing. Why are they so afraid of our power?

Note. My view isn't that all mothers should birth vaginally, or without meds. It's that women should have a choice, and be in control and empowered by the birth experience, however that looks. So often, this is not the case in the US, and tragically, is the opposite.


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