I was sitting in my birth doula client’s living room & discussing the mother’s preferences regarding cervical checks during labor. I asked her about her experiences with previous exams, both during the pregnancy & prior. “Have your exams generally been consensual positive experiences?” I asked. “Wow. Nobody has ever asked me that before.” she said. “I guess not.”
I stated my philosophy that “No Thing & No One Should Enter the Vagina or Womb Without Informed Consent.” The father furrowed his brow, shook his head, & said, “Shouldn’t that go without saying?” His wife & I replied in chorus, “Yes, but it’s not the way it is.”
Why do I have to say it (& devote my career to it)?
How do we create a world where it goes without saying? Read more →