I went to yet another rally today in support of women being able to have a homebirth with an Independent Midwife.
I spent more time and energy and money taking my family to basically plead with the government to let us keep our human rights. It makes me fucking pissed off. Especially since our PM refused to show himself and hear us.
Who do the powers that be think they are? I mean what fucking right do they have to tell me where and how and with who to birth my baby? It's MY body, MY baby, MY vagina and my right as a woman and a mother to choose who is MY care provider.It seems to me that if the issue were safety (and homebirth has been proven time and time again to be safe) that elective c-sections would be the first to go right? It is no secret that it is more dangerous to have a c-section than a vaginal birth. If having your baby at home is proven to be no more dangerous than having your baby in the hospital then what is the agenda of the AMA?
I can't help but feel incredibly cynical about the whole thing. Money perhaps? Or is it that old chestnut of having a group of people (and women no less) choosing to be non-conformists and live outside the system. Informed people making their own decisions?? We can't have that.
I am over fighting for this. I shouldn't have to. How dare the powers that be think they have any say in MY birthing choices.
I'm also afraid. If they take this right away then what's next? Freebirth? Calling DOCS on women who choose to birth unassisted? Vaccination? Forced injections on children? Schooling? Forcing me to put my kids into a system I have no faith in? Will we live in a nanny state where the government thinks they have the right to oversee parents decisions involving their kids? Scary stuff.
But my main emotion at the moment is anger. I saw women today who had come a long way with small children. I saw women who I have seen at other rallies. I know we have all spent time, money and effort trying to be heard and to fight for the basic right to choose. I saw women who, like me, have been damaged by an overburdened hospital system that fails birthing women and babies. And to be ignored is just the icing on the cake.
I also saw my Midwife. The amazing Sally who cared for me and Harper (and the rest of my family!) on our pregnancy and birth journey. A skilled and wise woman who may soon have to collaborate with an OB to care for women as she did for us. I hope for the sake of womens rights in this country that it doesn't come to that.