Trigger warning: violence, sexual harassment, bullying

As of now, my favorite thing to bitch about is how pregnant women are treated. We are infantilized and made to feel like we are no longer a fully functioning human being with the ability to make decisions for ourselves or about our care.

This becomes especially true when it comes to the birth of the baby. I’ll concede that some medical interventions are necessary. The technology we have now to save mothers and children is a amazing. But many OBs and hospitals have taken that too far and are forcing many women into a one size fits all approach to birth, which ultimately is a detriment to many women and their birthing experience.

We’re supposed to trust the doctors or professionals that deliver our babies are on our side and ultimately are concerned with our care. When women are walking away from birth feeling traumatized by the way they were treated by those health professionals, there is a serious problem that needs to be addressed.

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All images are from improvingbirth.org

This isn’t okay. We are routinely denied the rights to adequate reproductive care and abortion, but we are even denied the right to be treated humanely during labor and delivery. How is it okay to cut someone’s flesh without their consent?

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I’ve actually already had to switch doctors myself. The first doctor I had was very concerned about how many family members I had with autism and also that spina bifida has been documented in my family. I was constantly fighting with her about how I didn’t need certain blood work or testing done because it was silly (you can’t test for autism and I don’t give a rats ass anyway). Anyway, she tried to strong arm me into having an amniocentesis. I don’t want an amnio, so far baby has been looking pretty good and all results have come back normal and I’m 23 and I didn’t see the benefit of taking the risk to the pregnancy. If my child is born with a disability or autism or downs, that’s something that I’ll deal with when it comes to it.

I'll put another disclaimer at the end here that some medical intervention is necessary and so are some c-sections and that medical advances have saved so many women's and babies lives.