October 12, 2010 § 2 Comments

new post at outlaw midwives:


i mean the term ‘radical’ attached to ‘doula’ or ‘midwife’ has so little meaning.  ‘radical’ seems to mean, i support unassisted birthing and women’s choice.  but there is no analysis attached to this word ‘radical’ — its a lifestyle choice.  it isnt invested in dismantling the abusive structures that are at the root of the violence in n american birth culture.  feel me?  most of the birth workers that attach the word ‘radical’ to their title are really primarily dedicated to ‘choice’ to those women who have access to that ‘choice’.  with a few crumbs doled out — like charity — to those most marginalized.  that is just not good enough for me.


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  • Lay Midwife says:

    I can’t even begin to define what I do or what I am. I just know that I must. do. something. If someone has enough courage to state, “There must be another way”…we need to answer that.
    I live in a time and place where it’s illegal for me to use the term midwife, because now the state thinks it owns the term, that it’s protecting women….from what exactly? Tell that to the mama whose pussy just got poked and prodded and then had her belly sliced open. People denigrate the term “lay” midwife without understanding that like “lay clergy” we are OF THE PEOPLE, not set apart with special powers and privileges. They think that a piece of paper provided by a patriarchal system will protect women? Puh-lease. If they can’t see through that, well…
    But I don’t just serve women who want out of the system. I serve women who want to remain mentally, physically, emotionally intact, who want to be acknowledged for their strength and abilities.

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