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#1 Liv_DrSperm_sh

Posted 07 August 2013 - 02:02 PM

Hi guys,

just wondering if you'd seen this before, and what you thought of it.


**warning - there are birth stories on that site that might have triggers**

Personally, I think a campaign about maternity rights is a good thing, so long as it gets to the right people. Really, this sort of stuff should be taught in medical school, but, from personal experience, it rarely is.

The birth of my twins was the type of disaster that is seen on this forum with depressing regularity, but I would not have classed it as obstectric violence. But then I got thinking and there is this one thing that happened that comes back to haunt me every so often....

Things had started to go pear shaped and they were prepping me for a CS, but the midwife I had decided, against the opinion of the OB, that she should just have one more check of my cervix to see if I was dilated. I did NOT want yet another examination...the room was FULL of people...and she just grabbed my legs and shoved her hand inside me. She then turns to one of the 'audience' and -I kid you not- JOKES that she just felt an ear pop out. I must have looked like I was about to go nuclear because the OB removed her from the room. To this very day I WISH I had kicked the smug smile off her face!

Anyway, I never complained and for all I know she is subjecting other women to such degrading behaviour.

So what do you think? Do you think this would make any difference?

#2 Madd

Posted 28 July 2014 - 06:22 PM

Agreed. The lack of dignity which our bodies are treated with is appalling.

I had a terrible tear and had a follow up appointment 8weeks post and I had an anxiety attack the night before because I was only just starting to believe that my body was going to belong to me again.

After being induced by a sweep (where I was chastised for finding it painful), the gel (twice), and the drip I was sick to death of being examined so requested not to be examined again.
Did they listen? You bet they didn't.

#3 CHuang

Posted 20 September 2015 - 02:37 PM

They aren't allowed to touch you if you don't give them the permission too! All they can do is ask to examine you if they feel it's necessary. However they should talk to you about how your feeling. After all you the one in labour.

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