How being a feminist prepares you for labour
Updated: Sep 13
Ever since I've been helping women giving birth, I witnessed the power of trusting yourself. But how is this related to feminism?
That's probably why you clicked on the blog, right? If I would have heard this statement a few years back I would be curious too.
Well, before I tell you all about the connection between feminism and labour, let's explain my personal view of feminism.
In my point of view, everybody should be a feminist. Feminism originated in standing up for women's rights, but nowadays it means even more. It means, standing up for your own beliefs and your worth. Feminists are not fanatic women who hate men (at least not the ones I know). Feminists are people who think that everybody, every soul, every human being on earth is of the same value. They believe that worth does not depend on gender, ethnicity, sex, look or job. Being a feminist means fighting for human rights. Standing up for unity in diversity.
And yes, it originated in women fighting for their rights against men. But that's the sad thing about it. It is still called FEMinism because women are STILL not treated the same as men in most countries. I mean - pink tax, lower-income, lower chances careerwise, lower representation in politics, gender rules, unrealistic body images, even lower access to healthcare in some countries. So please, please bring up some good arguments that we should stop calling it feminism. As soon as men and women (at least those who define themselves like them) are regarded, treated, paid and respected EQUALLY in most areas, we can start calling it equalism. Unfortunately in most countries, women are still facing more disadvantages. (mic drop)
So now that we all now what feminism is really about, let's draw the connection to childbirth.
Easy. We learned from above that being a feminist means standing up for your rights as a human being. Being a feminist also comes with being confident in your femalehood, believing in yourself, your body, looking out for your wellbeing and taking action to achieve these goals.
All these things are needed in pregnancy/labour!
“…Respecting the woman as an important and valuable human being and making certain that the woman’s experience while giving birth is fulfilling and empowering is not just a nice extra, it is absolutely essential as it makes the woman strong and therefore makes society strong. ” – Marsden Wagner
Maternity is all about empowerment.
During pregnancy and later during labour women need to
stay confident in their bodies
stay confident in the abilities of their bodies
listen to them, listen to their gut feeling
stand up for themselves to have the best care possible
be ok with whatever your body is telling you to do
be proud of yourself every step of the way
stop feeling shame when talking about birth
and celebrate their differences.
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Always remember, it's not pain, but power!
your midwife Sarah