Unassisted Homebirth and Feminism
In my book, Unassisted Homebirth: An Act of Love, Chapter 16 is titled Childbirth: A Feminist Issue? I do not wish to reiterate the chapter, but only say that if women want to be truly liberated during their birth experience, they need to take charge of their births by deciding what they want and taking deliberate action toward their goal(s).
Feminism has focused on “reproductive rights” and career opportunities, but has largely ignored the important process of childbirth.
One of my future goals is to contact women’s studies programs at colleges and universities and encourage them to consider teaching a unit on empowered childbirth. Young women need to know that feminism should not be restricted to reproductive rights and equality in careers, but that it extends to every aspect of womanhood, especially childbirth, which is a defining moment / experience in many women’s lives.