Too many women face authoritarian procedures and care providers when they go into labor. This is one of the biggest reasons why I teach natural childbirth. I want women (and their partners) to understand that they have the right to consent or not consent to any medical procedure. In this case, the video clearly shows the women repeatedly saying “no” to an episiotomy. Her doctor essentially commits assault against her while she is helpless to stop him.
This article is by a surgeon who viewed the video. The post and the comments that follow are all worth reading.
I continue to hope this woman gets justice for what was done to her. I also hope that the doctor who did this to her loses his license. He should not be allowed to practice medicine!
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