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Showing posts from November 18, 2012

Obstetric violence despite society's consent

We know there is obstetric violence in many hospitals around the world today.
It is a branch of violence against women.
In fact, it is violence, full stop.
I have never experienced obstetric violence at first hand.
I have had three amazing births with three amazing midwives, the first at a London hospital and the last two at home.
I am Spanish and even though I moved to the UK twenty years ago remain very connected with my own country and a great part of my matriactivism is involved in trying to change the birth situation in Spain.
This is not an easy task.
To give some recent examples of the attitudes that currently govern birthing practises in Spain and the problems facing those attempting to initiate positive change, I list the following:
Despite understanding that the relationship between obstetricians, midwives and women in Spain was far from a healthy one, the biggest evidence of this for me recently was the publication in SEGO (the Spanish Society of Gynecologists and Obstetricians)…