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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Publication date: Available online 6 July 2020Source: AlterAuthor(s): Vegar Bjørnshagen, Elisabeth Ugreninov
Source: ALTER - European Journal of Disability Research - Category: Disability Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: Breast ultrasound shows a high sensitivity to detect breast cancer during pregnancy. BCP is diagnosed at a higher stage than in nonpregnant women. In our series, patients with BCP had poorer outcomes than the not pregnant group. These results were not observed when adjusting for stage. PMID: 32623975 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Tumori - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Tumori Source Type: research
TETANUS VACCINE DURING PREGNANCY: DATA OF A TERTIARY HOSPITAL IN TURKEY. Turk J Med Sci. 2020 Jul 06;: Authors: DaĞdevİren G, ÖrgÜl G, YÜcel A, Şahİn D Abstract BACKGROUND/AIM: To evaluate the prevalence of tetanus vaccination in pregnant women, and to determine the factors affecting the vaccination and barriers to the vaccination. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted an observational-descriptive study with 494 patients who gave birth in Etlik Zubeyde Hanım Women's Health Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey. Participants were divided into two groups; vaccinated and not...
Source: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences - Category: General Medicine Tags: Turk J Med Sci Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: The average cure rate with anthelminthic treatment is over 95%. Unfortunately, most treated patients in endemic areas become re-infected within months. Health education, personal hygiene, improved sanitary conditions, proper disposal of human excreta, and discontinuing the use of human fecal matter as a fertilizer are effective long-term preventive measures. Targeting deworming treatment and mass anthelminthic treatment should be considered in regions where A. lumbricoides is prevalent. PMID: 32628606 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Recent Patents on Inflammation and Allergy Drug Discovery - Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Recent Pat Inflamm Allergy Drug Discov Source Type: research
DISCUSSION: Mental illness-related stigma imposes costs on society in the form of productivity losses and increased rates of dependency. Reducing these costs requires an understanding of the negative stereotypes that are the source of stigma, and an appreciation of differences in the nature and intensity of stigma associated with different mental disorders. Limitations of the study include: lack of generalizability of the results; terminology which may have generated negative associations for some survey items; possibility of missing variables or data measured with error. IMPLICATIONS FOR HEALTH POLICIES: The findings ...
Source: Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics - Category: Psychiatry Tags: J Ment Health Policy Econ Source Type: research
Conclusions: Pre-injury psychiatric and pre-injury headache/migraine symptoms are risk factors for worse functional and post-concussive outcomes at 3- and 6-months post-mTBI. mTBI patients presenting to acute care should be evaluated for psychiatric and headache/migraine history, with lower thresholds for providing TBI education/resources, surveillance, and follow-up/referrals. Clinical Trial Registration: www.ClinicalTrials.gov, identifier NCT01565551. Introduction Traumatic brain injury (TBI) remains a significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. In 2013 ~2.8 million TBI cases were recorded annually i...
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...
Source: Psych Central - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Motivation and Inspiration Personal Stories Postpartum Depression Pregnancy PTSD Women's Issues Delusions Hallucinations Motherhood Paranoia Postpartum Psychosis Source Type: news
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 ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
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...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Children Source Type: blogs
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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