Before Consent…


The stork story might be fun – but it disregards the importance of Mum.
That women birth seems an aside,
The truth of birth we^ like to hide,
With a storkish euphemism,
No real choice is given,
No honour or celebration,
Birth is an enduration*
And so their power, women relent,
And we begin with consent.
But before consent comes The Decision.
Hopefully made with some precision.
Hopefully made with time and space,
Free of pressure to complace*
Beginning with consent,
Removes freedom to dissent,
For here a Yes is implied,
And your freedom is denied.^we, meaning society
*poetic licence..a play on endurance and compliance.

Catherine Bell will be speaking on Consent (or lack there of) in Childbirth at the 9th International Interdisciplinary Conference, Beyond Mothering Myths? Motherhood in an Age of Neoliberalism and Individualisation, July 10th – 12th , 2019.
Her talk will be titled “The trouble with consent in maternity services: and how to fix it.”

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