Skip to main content

Saraswathi Vedam

Rewriting Your Birth Story

Posted by Midwives Alliance on May 13th, 2014

There are many defining moments in a woman's life, but few carry more weight than the day she is born into motherhood. Seeing her child for the first time after the nine months the baby has grown inside her body is elating, and it changes her- whether she's experiencing it for the first time or the seventh time. No birth story is ever the same, and each is unique and compelling.

There are times, however, when the expectations of what labor and birth should have been like, do not come close to what actually happened. This can be at the very least disappointing, and worse, emotionally and physically traumatic. Perhaps it was a natural birth that ended up in unwanted or unnecessary interventions, a complicated c-section, or lack of concern toward the laboring mom's frame of mind. It could be one person, one word, one action that changes everything for that mother, and finding emotional healing is not always easy.

We invite you to listen to The Longest Shortest Time's podcast, "Rewriting Your Birth Story," as Hillary Frank, writer and radio producer, explores the trauma she felt in her own birth story. With her are the midwife who participated in the birth of her baby daughter, as well as maternal care researcher Saraswathi Vedam.

We welcome your thoughts on how we can help mothers who are feeling trapped by negative emotions surrounding their birth stories find their road towards emotional healing. Please share your insights with us.

HUMANizing Birth

Posted by Midwives Alliance on January 16th, 2014

Tell a man that he could possibly have a heart attack when making love. Then tell him that it would be safer for him to come to the hospital and make love while being monitored by a physician. Do you think a doctor coming in to take his blood pressure and monitor his heart every 10 minutes would affect his performance?

This is the question Saraswathi Vedam asks when giving an analogy about women and their birth choices.

In many cases, women birth in an unfamiliar environment and are separated from their loved ones during labor. In an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar people, women are expected to perform at their very best and deliver on someone else’s time.

Even zoo animals do not have to experience such a thing.

But why do so many mothers?

Watch more of Vedam and her talk on HUMANizing Birth here:

Speaker bio:

Saraswathi Vedam, RM, FACNM, MSN, Sci D (h.c.) is Associate Professor of Midwifery at University of British Columbia. She serves as Senior Advisor to the MANA Division of Research, ACNM representative the MANA-ACNM Liaison Council, and Interim Executive Board Member, Canadian Association of Midwifery Educators.

She is also a co-author of two upcoming research articles on the largest dataset on planned home births in the United States. To learn more about the research, click here.

Blog post author bio:

Iola Kostrzewski is a volunteer online community manager for Midwives Alliance of North America. She is a doula and Midwifery student starting in September. She is mom of two boys and creator of Breastfeeding in Color. Her passions in birth pertain to birthing and breastfeeding outcomes within the African American community.

Syndicate content