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September, 2014

RESTRICTED AREA: ALL PERSONS MUST HAVE PERMISSION FROM AREA SUPERVISOR

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 isn’t that the way it is?  images

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 →