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.
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Other resources mentioned:
Birthing & Postpartum Plans: https://www.yourbirthyourworthpodcast.com/plan/
History of Midwives: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2582410/
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