A lot of people want to support me, but feel like my books might not be for them because they are not pregnant? Well - Give Birth like a Feminist is absolutely for any person interested in feminism and women's rights, and it's 99p on kindle this month!
Here's the chapter headings...
Around 1 in 3 women experience birth trauma, and many more come to the other side of having a baby feeling shocked, sad, broken or upset. They often feel that their female bodies let them down, but this is victim blaming. It's the system that lets them down.
Birth rooms were built by men with men's needs in mind. Bright lights and on your back on a bed help the care giver to see (but inhibit the birth hormones and make birth more difficult). Surrounded by strangers in sterile environments is not how mammals birth.
But if a woman's body doesn't 'work' in this situation, she often feels at fault. If she complains or talks about her trauma, she is told, 'a healthy baby is all that matters'. No. Women matter. This is why birth is a feminist issue, and just the beginning of my book.
Give Birth like a Feminist is helpful if you are pregnant, but really, I wrote it for feminists / anyone who cares about women and their lives. Because, birth really is an overlooked feminist issue, an area where it's still accepted that it's ok for women to get a raw deal.
There are some fab feminists here on twitter, and I'm genuinely excited to think of some of you reading this. I really look forward to your responses. I think women deserve better in birth and my hope for this book was always that it opens up a new area of feminist activism. ♥️

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16 Jul
I've got lots to say, but I need some time to process the events of this week. For now though, I do want to make one point. My blog called for 'dialogue not division'. In particular, I wanted to raise the issue of what happens to 'dissenters' such as myself. Short thread...
Maybe it wasn't implicitly clear in my blog, but the people who piled on to me online were not (as far as I know) trans. They were largely doulas, hypnobirthing teachers and midwives. There's a massive problem in the birth world with all of this which is being swept under the rug
By making an example of me (a person well known in the birth world) a powerful message was sent to others to shut up or else. So this is the point I wished to raise - that we need to address this climate of silencing people and start actually properly discussing the issues.
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