Miriam Welch is a birth doula and a childbirth educator who serves women and families in the Youngstown Ohio area. She is an advocate for women’s health and offers prenatal and postpartum support along with childbirth education classes.
In this episode, we talk about how the paternalistic medical culture affects women and childbirth, what obstetric violence looks like, the disempowering messages sent to women by the medical community, why women are opting for free birth, and so much more!
Here are the highlights of what we cover during this episode:
Why Miriam is so passionate about being a doula and childbirth education
The history of paternalistic medicine and its influence on childbirth
How the paternalistic medical system prevents midwives from utilizing traditional midwifery skills
What is obstetric violence?
Why obstetric violence should be taken so seriously
The disempowering messages around childbirth spread by the medical community
How the natural birth movement was started
Why women are choosing free birth
Miriam’s response to women who are afraid of unassisted birth
Why Miriam believes that every role from doctor to doula has its place in the birthing process
The benefits of childbirth education classes
Why each woman should consider her individual circumstances when choosing the right birthing process for her
The changes Miriam advocates for in the medical and midwifery communities Resources & Recommendations:
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