Have you ever shared a concern you have and had it immediately dismissed? When it happens with a healthcare provider, there’s an extra layer of challenge because there is a real inequity in the power balance between you and a medical provider. We are going to discuss seeking a second opinion when your concerns are brushed aside.
At one birth I attended over the weekend, I saw about five nurses, three OB-GYN doctors, and probably around 10 OB-GYN residents (i.e. Meredith Grey at the beginning of Grey’s Anatomy). It wasn’t until the end of the birth that something happened and I was FLOORED about how one resident did something totally tiny to include me as a part of the team.
If you are active on the birth side of social media, you have likely seen the viral video going around titled, “Violation of Consent”. In case you have not seen it, it’s a short clip of a fresh baby laid on their parents stomach. The baby appears reactive and making noises. Instantly, you can see multiple nurses’ arms reach into view and vigorously rub the baby. The parent’s face looks quite shocked. The parent pleads, “Can you just stop for a second?”.
One of the nurses responds, “No, we need to stimulate her, we need to get her crying and mad!”
Welcome to a crucial conversation about the power of words in the world of pregnancy and childbirth. Language plays a profound role in shaping our perceptions and experiences, and when it comes to pregnancy and childbirth, the words used by pregnancy providers can have a lasting impact on expectant parents. In this blog, we’ll explore the significance of inclusive language, provide a table with specific examples of non inclusive language and how to correct it, and shed light on how pregnancy providers can promote positive birth experiences through mindful communication.
What If Your Size-Inclusive OB or Midwife Isn’t On-Call During Your Birth? Pregnancy is a unique journey filled with excitement, anticipation, and, often, a lot of careful planning. For individuals who desire size-inclusive healthcare, finding an understanding and supportive OB or midwife can be a crucial aspect of their pregnancy journey.