Author: birthtraumaontario

Educating and equipping through compassionate connection

Birthing after Trauma – Seeing the Bigger Picture

It Begins with a Mistrustful Client It’s frustrating for care providers when their client comes armed with a 10-page birth plan, an army of doulas, and a mistrustful and hostile attitude. Care providers exist for the sole purpose of providing medical or midwifery services for pregnant, birthing, and postpartum clients and their goal is to…
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Disrespectful maternity services – on the cusp of a breakthrough

In September 2018, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists released a news item: In response to recent media reports, the SOGC feels it is timely to remind women of their rights related to labour and delivery and to remind health care providers of the importance of appropriate and caring behaviour during labour and delivery. This…
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An open letter to the CEO of the SOGC

An open letter to the CEO of the SOGC who denies ever having encountered the issue of disrespect and abuse in maternity services: Jennifer Blake, CEO The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada 780 Echo Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5R7 Re: Canadian women share stories of alleged mistreatment in the delivery room,…
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Consent from the Mother’s Side

Not too long ago, a prominent Canadian media icon, Jian Ghomeshi was charged with sexual harassment and assault. At the time, a conversation began that talked about what consent looked like when two adults were engaging in sexual conduct. The individual under investigation said that all acts of sexual violence were consensual, however several women came…
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#MeToo – Guest Post

Me, too “You know sexual violence knows no race or color or gender or class. But the response to sexual violence does.” ~ Tarana Burke   Tarana Burke began the “me too” campaign in 2006 as a means of helping women who had been sexually assaulted not feel so alone. It was meant especially for…
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Why parents don’t register a complaint after disrespectful care

Why don’t most new families file a complaint when they’ve received disrespectful, abusive, harmful, coercive, or non-evidence based care? For many of the same reasons that victims of rape or sexual assault seldom report the crime: re-victimization, not being believed, secondary trauma, no support from family or friends, self-blame, and guilt. Yet, new parents are…
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