My following statement will likely be taken negatively by some people and that’s okay. I’ve said it before earlier this year over at @birthunited
, but it NEEDS to be said here too... As a white or white-presenting woman, it’s easy to say things like “I only see a strong woman birthing like so many of us have.”
To this, you’d probably get a big ole 😒 from WOC.
Why? Because it’s SO easy for you to say that, because you are literally shown EVERYWHERE! You have no problem seeing visions of people who look like you birthing in all types of environments, so it’s something you may likely take for granted.
HOWEVER, as a WOC, there’s much more to the image than just what you may see. To us, it’s an option that we may never had even considered because, until seeing an image of an ACTUAL WOC birthing outside of a hospital without “all the drugs”, we thought it was just “something white people do”. I’m here to show EVERYONE that birth options are for everyone. We, as WOC, need these images to reinforce in our psyche that #wedothistoo
This mama had an AMAZING support team with her as she labored at our local birth center. Pictured from left to right is her mom, twin, and doula. Her awesome husband was also within arms reach of her at all times...he’s just off to my right out of the frame. ・・・
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