Tag: women’s rights

Resources for questioning vaginal examination (2)

“Do you know of any good resources on the subject of questioning/declining vaginal examination? I’m thinking of vaginal examinations in a number of contexts – well woman exams, vaginal examinations in labour and especially at the end of pregnancy, as…

Resources for questioning vaginal examination (1)

“Do you know of any good resources on the subject of questioning/declining vaginal examination? I’m thinking of vaginal examinations in a number of contexts – well woman exams, vaginal examinations in labour and especially at the end of pregnancy, as…

Regulation threatens women’s rights

The UK Nursing and Midwifery Council has been deemed to be acting irresponsibly by denying choice to women and “directly jeopardi[sing] the health and safety of the women it is supposed to safeguard”. On January 13th 2017, the independent midwifery…

Supporting women to decline standard care…

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a woman in possession of a pregnancy must be in want of a standard package of care as dictated by those in charge of the local maternity services. Except it’s not. While some…

“You are your own treat…”

“A dancing girl is a revolutionary act – even more so if she is dancing alone, at night, in her bedroom, with her headphones on. A girl who knows how to give herself pleasure is a revolutionary girl. A girl…

How to cancel a labour induction?

“I had an appointment with a consultant last week and was given a date for induction, although I wasn’t really asked whether I wanted it and it was all very fast. There’s no medical reason for inducing me, it’s just…

It’s OK to have wants too…

I came across a paper recently that had a title which I really liked.  Which makes a nice change, because more often I find I don’t like the titles of papers, and generally when this happens it is because I…

Choice, Liberty and Public Health

“The field and concept of public health, by definition, involves the making of policies which seek to improve the health of populations. Inevitably, this involves the appraisal of epidemiological data and consideration of which measures will improve health and prevent…

Am I Allowed?

If there were a Nobel prize for birth activism, then Beverley Beech would surely have been given one by now.  Chair of AIMS, legendary campaigner, brilliant speaker and long-time supporter of women’s rights in pregnancy and birth, Beverley has spent…