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    Lightbulb 6.5 billion reasons...

    Came across this this week.
    Food for thought.

    There are 6.5 billion reasons to view birth as a political act.

    A woman shared her birth story with me the other day (that happens a lot). It is a hospital birth story and she is proud, as she should be.

    "They let her" drink some juice while in labor.
    "They let her" birth without drugs.
    "They let her" husband help to deliver the baby.
    "They let her" hold her baby right away.

    I am happy for her but I wouldn't have "let her" do any of those things. They are not mine to "let."

    The illusion of artificial authority remains so tangible that people feel victorious when they receive permission to enact their essential birth rights.

    The subtlety is vicious.

    -Shell
    Midwives Rising
    Phoenix, Arizona
    http://www.midwivesrising.com/
    reposted at Central Indiana Nurse Midwives
    http://midwifeusa.net/about_us
    “Many women have described their experiences of childbirth as being associated with a
    spiritual uplifting, the power of which they have never previously been aware …
    To such a woman childbirth is a monument of joy within her memory.
    She turns to it in thought to seek again an ecstasy which passed too soon.”

    ~ Grantly Dick-Read (Childbirth Without Fear)

    Mother of Two
    JMW, boy, born November 29, 2007, 9:43 pm, USA
    MJW, girl, born March 17, 2011, 4:14 pm, HK

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    Totally agree.

    It reminds me of the Monty Python skit where the woman is giving birth and she asks what she can do and they say "Nothing! You're not qualified."

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    Quote Originally Posted by erina320 View Post
    Totally agree.

    It reminds me of the Monty Python skit where the woman is giving birth and she asks what she can do and they say "Nothing! You're not qualified."
    :) Yes! Exactly. :)
    “Many women have described their experiences of childbirth as being associated with a
    spiritual uplifting, the power of which they have never previously been aware …
    To such a woman childbirth is a monument of joy within her memory.
    She turns to it in thought to seek again an ecstasy which passed too soon.”

    ~ Grantly Dick-Read (Childbirth Without Fear)

    Mother of Two
    JMW, boy, born November 29, 2007, 9:43 pm, USA
    MJW, girl, born March 17, 2011, 4:14 pm, HK

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    I saw this on the Birth Without Fear facebook page today :-)

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