Archive | Birth Stories: Speaking Up About Obstetric Violence

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Here we give voice to birthing women and their birth stories. We focus specifically on stories involving obstetric violence because they are the ones that tend to be silenced most fiercely. Help us break the silence surrounding obstetric violence!

Share you story with us: email it to birthstories@humanizebirth.org

Viola: My midwife said that she had the right to do whatever she wanted to my body if she thought it was best for baby

Over a decade after first being sexually assaulted as a teenager, I was ecstatic to learn that I was pregnant with my first child. I thought about my previous history with sexual violence and ignored its possible significance to childbirth. I wouldn’t let it get in the way, I thought to myself. But then my […]

Tanja: Informed consent and physical autonomy were taken away from me

I am certain that my first birth experience is not very different from the majority of mums’  who feel traumtised by highly medicalised births at Australian hospital labour wards, where their choice  of a natural and un-medicated birth experience  was completely ignored and where they were coerced into agreeing to unnecessary interventions. The only difference […]

Erin: The doctor told me everything was going great, but all the while he was performing a vacuum extraction without my consent or even my knowledge

I read a lot of birth trauma stories, and most of them seem much more scary than mine. The doctor who was there, Dr. Joseph Hazan, was a complete stranger and violated my rights to informed consent. He told me everything was going great, but all the while he was performing a vacuum extraction without […]