want a positive birth? say please

you must make informed decisions,you must provide consent

and if you insist to plan it and communicate intent,

then we really must insist, that the only way we’ll listen

is if you make your wording sweet enough to glisten.

 

so many give this strange advice, but only women must say please

why is it that the birthing woman, must appease?

 

don’t make demands, don’t use bad words, keep it nice and bright

a threat, it seems: be nice…or your birth will be a fight.

and the blame be yours, you feisty dame,  for you have been warned,

miss a please and your ‘requests’ will then be scorned.

 

check your manners, ladies, don’t forget your place,

you are the ‘other’ in the human race.

 

 


see also

The trouble with consent

The Language of Birth Plans

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