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Birth Politics

Birth As An American Right of Passage

Fantastic work by Davis-Floyd for her extensive research and meticulous documentation of such an important topic!  She has done an amazing job analyzing the current state of hospital birthing rituals in America.  She leads the reader to the true messages and underlying values that the current medical establishment brings forth and serves to perpetuate.  As […] Continue reading →

A Midwife’s Tale

 The diary of Martha Ballard is an extremely important document that brings us insight into a time period of transition within the practices of birth.  Laurel Thatcher Ulrich did a fantastic job pairing the excerpts from Martha’s diary with relevant local and national history of the time period.  This work can truly help us understand […] Continue reading →

Imprisonment by Pregnancy

“The freedom in a country can be measured by the freedom of birth.” – Agnes Gereb (Hungarian Midwife) When did pregnancy become a jail sentence?  When did it become a time when a woman gives up her rights to the privacy of her body at the hands of medical “professionals” that don’t even trust the […] Continue reading →

What Happened to Birth?

When did birth become something that women looked towards fearfully? When did American women start to look outward for confirmation about their body and baby (doctors/midwives) instead of looking within and using their intuition and innate knowledge of their bodies? Why have we been taught to fear our bodies and not understand them as women? […] Continue reading →