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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 nourishing body? 
  • 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 interventions.


"Peace on Earth begins with birth."

(Jeannine Parvati Baker)


Also see:-

Violence articles

Natural Birth

Birth Obstacles

Birth Obstacles - Sexual Abuse



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