I learned a new term recently: birthrape. I'm not entirely sure who coined it, but Navelgazing Midwife has described it this way:
"The experience of having fingers, scissors, and/or tools put/pushed/shoved inside a woman's vagina or rectum without her direct (or indirect) permission.
"Being coerced, manipulated, or lied to regarding the health and safety of the baby or themselves so the midwife is able to do something to the mother's vagina, rectum, cervix, or perineum, usually with excuses; rarely with apologies."
Navelgazing Midwife is dedicated to raising awareness about the abuse countless women suffer at the hands of doctors, nurses, and midwives. If you're interested in learning more about this deeply pain-filled subject, check out Navelgazing Midwife's post here.
Just a few warnings... there is a photograph at the top of her blog with the breasts and belly of a naked pregnant woman laboring, just so you'll be prepared. Also, her post and the comments in response to it are full of very painful, difficult stories and experiences. It is not easy to read, but I feel that these stories need to be heard. It breaks my heart to hear of the horrific things that happen to women over and over again. It also fills me with a determination to stop the abuse!
When will we say ENOUGH?!