I’m surprised to see “Pregnancy is not an illness!” (Solidarity 3-175) in a rational newspaper like Solidarity.
- We should question medical opinion, Solidarity 3/177
- Pregnancy is not an illness!, Solidarity 3/175
Surely the author realises hospital obstetrics is geared up for worst case scenarios and the intervention that flows from that? All hospitals feel alienating to patients, as every device there is almost completely foreign and they have no control over when they eat, sleep or see their relatives. But if the author had ever seen a delivery go wrong and how quickly it goes downhill and how in less than a minute a hypoxic brain injury can occur, she’d presumably revise her views.
I also don’t agree at all with making a virtue of the pain of labour: that’s what an epidural is for. There’s nothing virtuous about not using all the accumulated products of human knowledge available as they are manifested in modern medicine. This article is typical of people who are essentially well: they believe in the “natural way”, which is great because it lessens the unnecessary burden on GPs, but doctors will be seeing them when there’s something really wrong.
And, really, what a load of rubbish at the end saying women are physically assaulted through the surgical procedure affording easier repair provided by an episiotomy. Where are these facts that this process is “often carried out without the woman’s knowledge or consent”? Of course there will be cases where this has happened under anaesthesia, but this presents it as a routine occurrence. I know the hospital system in the UK is different to Australia, but I find that hard to believe these days.
I appreciate the feminist sentiment behind the article, but it’s entirely the wrong type of feminism for socialists.
It irritates me that an anti-medical article like this make an appearance in this newspaper. I could cop it on the chin with the anti-psychiatry article presented in an earlier edition '”Mad cabbie protest”, as psychiatry is obviously a lot more contentious, being about fitting into this society for maximal psychic functioning, but this new article is going too far.
Melissa White, Brisbane