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There is an unspoken reality lurking in the undertones of maternity care.
It is sinister and unconscious, a toxic unawareness that seeps into all communications and puts the weight of responsibility and expectation onto The Woman.
I will call this The Game of Birth.
Many women don’t seem to realise they CAN question the doctor, let alone seek another opinion or change care providers.
Part of this is the power play that occurs when visiting the doctor:
Birth, for the modern human, is not without difficulty.
Does it all come down to luck,
or is it a matter of Good Management?
or could it be something else?
Kim Lock is the author of three novels, and is currently working on her fourth. She is a long time advocate of women's rights - particularly in breastfeeding.
Explore more about Kim on her author website (with links to her editorial writing), or rare-to-post but very awesome blog and her facebook page. Send her some love, buy her awesome books and tell her I sent you!
What follows, Kim originally wrote as a facebook post. It is shared here, with permission. Thank you Kim - your words are wise and need to be spread far and wide!