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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #295 - Read: Lahaye, "Childbirth: Women deserve better (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]"

Date Tue, 18 Jun 2019 09:43:13 +0300

Every woman must be able to give birth in the conditions she wants. This is the conviction of Marie-Hélène Lahaye, Belgian lawyer whose book is a plea for a respectful birth above all ... women. ---- Throughout the book, the author shows how women are physically and psychologically abused during this event that some call " the most beautiful day of their lives ". This may be a fine day, if we manage to overcome humiliation, the obstacles to freedom, intrusions into intimacy, scalping and other gavages drug that many (too)!) of us suffered during their delivery. The medical profession often treats the parturients as incapacitated, even as dangers for their own little ones. It is necessary to rehabilitate the physiological capacity of the future mothers to give birth to their children, an ideological fight that the feminists of the previous generations did not want to lead since the painless birth was a revolution. Far from highlighting the suffering, the author shows that those who choose to limit the medicalization are neither crazy nor retrograde on the feminist level. It is about having all the keys in hand to accept or refuse the cascade of medical gestures that each chemical discharge entails. But once actresses of our decisions, it is still necessary that these are respected! And this is where the medical staff takes for his rank: they oscillate, according to the investigation of MH Lahaye, between intimidations and automatisms. All in a climate of sexism that belittles us at a time of power and fragility.

All the excesses of the medical deliveries pass there. Above all, the author breaks the prejudices on the so-called " security " obtained by the massification of deliveries in hospital. What made births less dangerous for children and their mothers is above all ... the progress of hygiene.

Marie-Hélène Lahaye, Childbirth: Women deserve better , Éditions Michalon, 2018, 296 pages, 20 euros. A short version is available on the blog Marie gives birth there .
A chapter is particularly speaking, which proposes to transpose on the sexual act all that women undergo during childbirth. Lights in the face, perpetual entry of doctors and trainees during the act, vaginal touches, additions of drugs to improve the " performance " ... Thus, we perceive the incongruity of these quasi-systematic practices. On the contrary, seeing birth as an intimate moment makes it possible to restore its strength and beauty.

Scientifically rigorous and very knowledgeable in the medical field, MH Lahaye seeks above all to put women back at the center of the delivery process, when all too often they are deprived of them. Much remains to be done to ensure that the silence around obstetric violence ceases, and that the order of gynecologists is more attentive to pregnant women, the first concerned by the birth of generations of tomorrow.

Doriane (AL Var)

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