Globally, the call for the humanization of childbirth is loud and urgent. The rate childbirth-related trauma, maternal, and neonatal morbidity and mortality in BIPOC communities, and the lack of midwifery for people of all genders, testify that we are not yet getting it right. Midwifery is often proposed as a way to ensure emotionally and physically safe care for all. While believing in the potential of midwifery, we must be radically critical of how midwifery itself is formed by past and present suppressive structures based on class, race, gender, and coloniality.
Reading Group, ‘Live & Unplugged Conversations on Birth’, online/ University of Oxford/ Complutense University of Madrid, from October 2022 to June 2023￼
Live & Unplugged Conversations on Birth is where philosophy translates in clinical practice and lively conversations begin.
In this exploratory laboratory, we will bridge traditional silos between reproductive care and philosophy. We have the opportunity here to also create participatory values-based practice in childbirth for all to enrich us all.