Alert, women shackled in labor

Yesterday I had a visit with a new client. As always, on a first visit with a client who has given birth before, an important part our initial getting to know each other is the stories of her other births.

Shelly had given birth four times before. The first time she was 18 years old. She arrived at the hospital with her abusive partner, quiet and bruised. She was placed on the delivery table, and tied down by an IV and two monitor straps. What an ironically familiar vulnerability.

This article about a jailed woman’s birth story, in it’s horror, mirrors the horror that almost every woman experiences giving birth today in America.

I believe that the only reason women accept this is because it reflects the culture in which they live.