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Your Birth, Your Worth Podcast


May 15, 2019

How deeply does the patriarchy affect parents, the birthing process, and postpartum? In this episode, Taylor and Darcy sit down and discuss how patriarchal mindsets are ingrained within society and how it is harming pregnant women. This topic recently came to light as the media has become increasingly critical over Meghan Markle’s pregnancy, the choices surrounding her birth, outfit choices, nail polish colors, and more. This critical view of pregnancy is also reflected in how the medical industry looks down upon doulas, midwives, and birthing parents who choose to have home births. These attitudes and aggressions show how women are distrusted and questioned throughout the birthing process. Unfortunately, pregnant parents are often seen only as vessels and their wellbeing isn’t taken into account. One reason why these mindsets have become so ingrained may be due to the patriarchy trying to seize power that women naturally have to bring forth and nurture children.

Key Takeaway: We live in a patriarchal society that views birthing parents as vessels who are only valuable when bringing a child into the world. These sentiments are echoed through hypercritical attitudes, aggressions, and judgements towards pregnant women that insinuate that their choices shouldn’t be trusted.

Highlights:

  • Recently, the media has been hypercritical over Meghan Markle’s pregnancy by criticizing her nail polish, outfit choices, weight gain, birthing choices, and more.
  • This criticism ties into how our society tries to control and influence women, the birthing process, and postpartum.
  • Within our patriarchal society, it’s almost as if you become an object that anyone is allowed to touch, judge, and comment on. This is echoed in the actions of people who touch your belly without consent or tell you that you’re parenting choices are wrong.
  • When you become pregnant, it feels as though you suddenly aren’t trusted to make decisions about yourself. This mindset treats women as if they are just vessels and their only value comes from the child they are carrying.
  • This can also be seen in the way that women are treated postpartum, as they feel as though they don’t matter anymore and their support network shifts from worrying about them to worrying about the child.
  • Postpartum depression can be connected to hormones but adoptive parents and fathers also experience postpartum symptoms, depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders.
  • The key to thriving postpartum is to avoid isolating yourself and creating a community and support network.
  • Patriarchal mindsets were created in order to seize the power that women naturally have to bring forth life and nurture their children.

 

Your Birth Your Worth Podcast

 

Website: https://www.yourbirthyourworthpodcast.com/

Other resources mentioned:

Birthing & Postpartum Plans: https://www.yourbirthyourworthpodcast.com/plan/

History of Midwives: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2582410/

 

 

Taylor Davis

 

Website: http://yourvbacdoula.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/taylordavisdoula/

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/yourvbacjourney/

 

Darcy Sauers

 

Website: https://www.thirdtrimesterthrive.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thedouladarcy/