| Violence & Birth
Here are some links between birth and violence:-
- Frédérick Leboyer's book Birth without Violence revolutionised
the way we perceive the process of birth, urging us to consider birth
from the infant's point of view. Why must a child emerge from the quiet
darkness of the womb into a blaze of blinding light and loud voices?
Why must an infant take its first breath in terror, hanging upside down
as its vulnerable spine is jerked straight? Why must the infant be
separated from its mother after spending nine months inside her
- When Project World Peace premiered the documentary film Freedom for Birth,
one woman that attended talked of her experience of birth, and that of
her sister in eastern Europe. The large male doctor on both occasions
extremely forcefully hit the woman's bump to force the baby out. We
need to demedicalise birth. It must be removed from the control of
medicine and men and returned to women and midwifery.
- The female body is well designed for birth. Women do not trust their bodies, lacking is the sisterhood of midwifery free from medical control, men don't want pussies slackened, and so on. So, there is a pandemic of cesarean birth:
up to 70% in some hospitals. I've read that only perhaps 1% of births
are emergencies, and that is in a society already bereft of trust in
the female body and where women are bullied by patriarchy. What
fraction of a percentage would that drop to in a society where women
are empowered in, valued and celebrated for, their amazing
lifegiving bodies and ability to birth? The scalpel is a knife, a
symbol of violence, and knives really have no place in birth.
- Research shows a definite link between difficult births and serious criminals (e.g. see here and here).
Society needs to demedicalise birth and give it back to women. So they
can birth naturally, organically, peacefully, without violent
on Earth begins with birth."
(Jeannine Parvati Baker)
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