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Just because we can, does not mean we should.

Posted on 14 September, 2019 at 6:00

Just because we can, does not mean we should.

Just because we can induce labour, does not mean we should.

Just because we can deliver babies via cesarean birth does not mean we should.

Just because we can use an ultrasound machine to estimate the size of a baby, does not mean we should.

Just because we can use words to manipulate and coerce women to do what want them to, does not mean we should.

Just because we can use a machine to monitor a baby and perhaps give us some insight into the wellbeing of that baby, does not mean we should.

Just because we can dose every women with pre-labour ruptured membranes, every GBS positive women and every women in premature labour with intravenous antibiotics, does not mean we should.

Just because we can play the ‘dead baby card’ on ‘non-compliant women’ to scare them into compliance, does not mean we should.

Just because we can give every woman with a breech baby a caesarean, rather than insisting that Obstetricians re-train in breech vaginal birth, does not me we should.

Just because we can utilize the power imbalance that can exist between care provider and women to manipulate and control, does not mean we should.

I used to believe the most dangerous words in health care to be ‘because we have always done it this way’, now I believe they actually are ‘because we can’.

And the reason ‘we’ can? Women continue to allow it. Women have been conditioned for centuries to allow it! Midwives cannot change this alone, obstetricians cannot change this alone; women need to stand up and find their fight.

Women need to find their voices to say, ‘Just because you can, does not mean that I will allow you’.

We must teach women that they are in charge. We must teach women that they are the masters of their care. Being pregnant does not mean you give up your right for bodily autonomy. Women’s rights in childbirth are human rights, and any violation of these rights is a human rights violation. (Read that again sisters) Nothing in maternity care is compulsory. You are responsible for your own health; own it, honor it and become the powerful goddess you are born to be.

Women, speak your truth, even if your voice shakes in the beginning, eventually you will remember how to roar.

Midwife Meg September 2019 #enough

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