The Bauhauswife Blog

Yolande Clark
Dear Midwives & Birth-Workers--Get Out of Our Vaginas

Dear Midwives & Birth-Workers--Get Out of Our Vaginas

Now that birth images and video footage are all over instagram (or rather, those few profiles and individuals and companies who have managed to get on the “list” are now exempt from being blacklisted while the remaining women get banned for posting their birth material, however innocuous), I think it’s time to let midwives and birth-workers in on a little secret: *it is not necessary for you to routinely put your hands on mother’s vaginas while their babies emerge*. It’s really not necessary for you to fondle women’s labias or clitorises, or to run your fingers along the introituses to...

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Yolande Clark
Letter from a Concerned Labour & Delivery Nurse

Letter from a Concerned Labour & Delivery Nurse

I received the following letter this morning, and couldn't help but feel compelled to reply to this conscientious medical professional who reached out with what she thought perhaps was helpful advice to freebirthing women...

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On International Day of the Midwife

On International Day of the Midwife

Today, on International Day of the Midwife, I want to acknowledge all of the brave women who have refused to capitulate to the criminalization of traditional midwifery practices, and who continue to stand for women’s inalienable right to give birth where, how, and with whom they choose, regardless of unjust laws.   I acknowledge all the Traditional Birth Attendants and Birth Witnesses whose foremothers, mentors and communities handed them the mantle, responsibility and essence of “Midwife” only to be told they are now prohibited by law from using that sacred word, thanks to its appropriation by governments all over the...

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Don't Induce--Smart Babies Choose Their Birthdays

Don't Induce--Smart Babies Choose Their Birthdays

As you may know, all seven of my babies have decided to be born at between 42-44 weeks of gestation.  I’m so grateful to have been in a position to honour their timelines. But gosh, this is very hard to do in a culture in which we’re programmed into rushing and busy-ness literally before we’re even born! It’s a rarity to find a woman who isn’t convinced that there is a reason to submit to induction—whether via a pitocin drip, or through bizarre and counterproductive at-home induction rituals involving climbing the stairs, castor oil, a plate of curry, or prescribed...

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