Inspired by a recent birth client....
She cradles her tummy and strokes it gently
Excited about what lies ahead
She enters the room with positivity
And is greeted with sarcasm instead.
"So I guess you'll be wanting a homebirth"
Said with indignation
What ensues is a barrage of questions
And wild accusations.
This is her third child
She's done this two times before
Despite her obvious experience
Her opinion continues to be ignored.
"I don't want an induction,
I want a homebirth with a pool"
But her words fall on deaf ears
They've heard this nonsense before.
"What would you do if it died?
Or you left your husband and kids alone?
As long as you get a healthy baby
You really shouldn't moan."
"Your high BMI and size of your thighs
Means we wouldn't help you out of the pool
If you think I'm giving you a VE
You really are a fool"
But despite the GD and the BMI
Bullying, coercion and that shit
She laboured and birthed a beautiful boy
Against all odds, she did it.
(FYI at home, in the pool, without intervention)