How do you know if you’re making the best decision for yourself and your family— and what does it look like to have true informed consent?
This week we’re speaking with Dr. Sarah Leahy of Birth Uprising. We’ll hear about how she slipped into the medical birth model, how she was burned, and then, not to sound too cheesy because seriously it’s true… how she took matters into her own hands and rose from the metaphorical ashes.
I can’t tell you how thoroughly I enjoyed this conversation with Dr. Sarah. She is such a wealth of knowledge. As we head into this week’s episode, I’ve picked a couple of the amazing aspects that she discussed to revisit.
- Dr. Sarah’s first full term birth experience, her second pregnancy, left her feeling like a shell of herself. I wish this were uncommon, but how many times have we heard such a similar sentiment? What’s just another day at work to the care providers at the hospital is a defining, life-altering event for the mother, and to treat it as anything less than such is not justice. Which leads me to my second point.
- The system isn’t even set up to recognize birth as a life-altering rite of passage. It has no idea. And as Sarah mentioned, it really has no idea how poorly it’s failing anyway due to the lack of postpartum care and lack of attachment to its clients.
- And finally, picking just one last point even though there are a solid 10 I’d like to cover, you cannot have informed consent without understanding your options. Without asking questions. Without doing your own research. I love the fact that Dr. Sarah not only encourages mothers to do this, but that she’s one of the women out there providing resources to help them along the way. I can so deeply resonate with this idea that, heck, I don’t care what you choose for your birth, I just care that you are informed and confident when doing it.
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