The Exposing the Silence Project

“Well, at least you have a healthy baby!” is one of the most common phrases a mother who went through a traumatic birth experiences hears. While the friend or family member may mean well and simply be trying to show optimism, he or she is often isolating the deep pain the mother may be going through. As part of my research on maternal health, I came across the photography and advocacy project Exposing the Silence: Documenting Birth Trauma and the Strength of Women across America. The project brings to light a little noticed group of women– women who experienced past sexual abuse that can be triggered during a traumatic birth; others forced into unwanted procedures; or women who felt ignored or demeaned by their care providers during birth. The purpose of the project is not in any way to try to advocate for one type of birth or type of care provider over another and it is by no means an attack on all workers in the field of maternity care. Rather, it is an opportunity to provide an outlet for women who had a birth that caused them physical and emotional pain months, years, and even decades after the fact. I interviewed the creators of the project in order to understand their mission and learned how this disruptive project is filling a vital void. Lindsay Askins is a mother of two, doula and photographer at www.spotofserendipity.com. Cristen Pascucci is a mother of one, birth activist through her work as Vice President of ImprovingBirth.org, and founder of her...
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Source: World Journal of Acupuncture Moxibustion - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 18 July 2019Source: Best Practice &Research Clinical AnaesthesiologyAuthor(s): Alan David Kaye, Mark W. Motejunas, Lauren A. Bonneval, Ken P. Ehrhardt, Dustin R. Latimer, Andrea Trescot, Kyle E. Wilson, Ibraham N. Ibrahim, Elyse M. Cornett, Richard D. Urman, Kenneth D. CandidoAbstractChronic pain management techniques have evolved in recent years. In this regard, ultrasound technology has become a standard for most acute pain procedures and essential for postsurgical pain relief and enhanced recovery after surgery protocols. This manuscript summarizes clinical studies evaluating ultra...
Source: Best Practice and Research Clinical Anaesthesiology - Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: research
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Source: Frontiers in Neurology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
“I don’t remember too clearly,” says Sarah, 40, now divorced. “There was a rat. It was black and silky, the size of a cat, and it ran across the closet from one side to the other. I was terrified it would bite the baby if it had burrowed into the walls, so I pulled all the shoes out to the center of the closet, searching for it, or for the hole where it had to be hiding. It had to be there — I had seen it, and I could smell it: like damp and oily rags.” She loses the thread of her broken memory, recounting her then husband’s confusion at her behavior, irritated, telling her to come...
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By Susan Blumenthal, M.D. and Alexandrea Adams The recent commemoration of National Women’s Health Week provided an important time to mark the progress that has been made in advancing women’s health over the past two decades and to highlight what more needs to be done to achieve women’s health equity in America. Historically, women have experienced discrimination in health care despite making 80 percent of health care decisions for their families, using more medical services than men, and suffering greater disability from chronic disease. Before the mid 1990’s, women were often excluded as subjects ...
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Photo credit: Lindsay Askins, www.spotofserendipity.com Today’s best of 2015 posts comes from our Maternal Health Series spearheaded by our fabulous summer intern Allison Kaye. The full series can be seen here. “Well, at least you have a healthy baby!” is one of the most common phrases a mother who went through a traumatic birth experiences hears. While the friend or family member may mean well and simply be trying to show optimism, he or she is often isolating the deep pain the mother may be going through. As part of my research on maternal health, I came across the photography and advocacy project Expos...
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Photo credit: Lindsay Askins, www.spotofserendipity.com “Well, at least you have a healthy baby!” is one of the most common phrases a mother who went through a traumatic birth experiences hears. While the friend or family member may mean well and simply be trying to show optimism, he or she is often isolating the deep pain the mother may be going through. As part of my research on maternal health, I came across the photography and advocacy project Exposing the Silence: Documenting Birth Trauma and the Strength of Women across America. The project brings to light a little noticed group of women– women who ...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Advocacy Childbirth Source Type: blogs
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