Issue 138

Ecstatic Birth: Radical Act of Reclamation

There are so many ways that we define birth—by what it looks like and how we navigate labor and delivery. As birthworkers and mothers, some of these are choices that we deeply desire, plan, and advocate for, and some are not.

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Bridget “Biddy” Mason: A Black Pioneer Midwife of Nineteenth-century Los Angeles

A midwife, a cattle-herder, a cross-country pioneer, a slave set free, a landowner in Los Angeles, a founder of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Los Angeles, and a wealthy woman and socially prominent philanthropist: Bridget “Biddy” Mason was all of these and much more.

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Dealing with Differences in Autism

I am autistic. In previous articles I have written about how masking my autism made it difficult for my midwives to give me the care I needed and about the adjustments my local midwife team made for me when we finally realised how significant my being autistic was to my access to health care. In this article I talk about my experiences after birth.

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