Health

Mar 8, 2018

Birth rights and the hidden threat of obstetric violence

It might seem counter-intuitive that in an activity experienced only by women, women are nonetheless pushed to the bottom of the power hierarchy and treated so appallingly, but this is the case.

Rhea Dempsey

Childbirth educator and counsellor

Today, International Women’s Day, impassioned women, their partners, midwives and doulas are marching to demand birth rights.

They are marching because on International Women’s Day -- which for so many years has championed the international women’s rights agenda -- and in the social and cultural moment encompassed by #MeToo, it is time to unleash the many silenced voices of women on issues of assault and "power over" violence in the Australian birth system. Time to highlight birth rights, the scourge of obstetric violence and the distressing prevalence of birth trauma.

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