This post is not about your career. It is not about your professional development as a birth support provider, or how you can better serve birthing individuals and their families.
It’s about something happening in America right now.
Birth activists like us have worked hard for decades to guarantee women’s right to choose in childbirth:
Silence is not neutral and it is not an option
- The freedom to choose one’s preferred place for their birth.
- The freedom to choose one’s support group for their birth.
- The freedom to create one’s birth vision and receive maternal care that acknowledges the vision as equally important as the caregiver’s clinical knowledge.
- The freedom to give birth and have intact perineum.
- The freedom to autonomy in L&D by rejecting medical advice that does not align with one’s beliefs and values.
It is time to humbly admit that this birth activism is privileged and not enough.