Trigger Warning & Disclaimer:
The poem is about my “birth experience” by c-section. I do understand that c-section is a life-saving procedure for both the mother and baby and I am not against it. I just believe in many cases in India it is unwarranted. Do not read, if pregnant or if you think you cannot handle it.
I don a pastel green gown
and wheel down a powder blue tunnel
into a whitewashed freezer.
I am bent over
like a catapult ready to be sprung
statued from waist down
on a cushioned crucifix.
I am face up
staring into blinding headlights,
As the curtains go up
for the big reveal.
Not for my eyes.
I grab on
to the nearest masked for company
as oxygen and chatter
seconds inch snail-ly.
Happiest moment of my life.
INSPIRATION/CAUSE FOR THE DAY: BIRTH INDIA & BIRTH VILLAGE
Though this poem is written from my perspective of a “what I think was an unnecessary” c-section, or how I mourn the loss of an empowering birthing experience: this post is not about me. Nor is it about the rise of c-section rates or the various reasons for it: doctors practicing preventive safe medicine because they are crucified otherwise, or the system, or the family pressure, or the money involved. Let’s talk about something positive. Today, I would like to introduce you to two organizations: Birth India and Birth Village who are trying to revolutionize the experience of birth and take it back to how it was a couple of generations ago: natural and safe.
Birth India is an organization founded by Ruth Malik, an Australian national residing in India since 1996, after two unnecessary c-sections. It helps women to make informed choices as well as helps them in selecting skilled, respectful care providers for women during their birthing year. I had interviewed a Doula, a very friendly woman called Millena, for my blog last year and that is how I discovered this useful support group.
Visit their website to know more about them: birthindia.org
To educate yourself more about birth and birthing practices their facebook page is a great resource.
Birth Village is a natural birthing center located in Kochi which operates on the philosophy that healthy women with well-equipped support can give birth without obstetrics interventions. They provide the option of water birth and also have a high VBACs(Vaginal Birth after C-sections) rate.
Visit their website to know more about them: birthvillage.in
To read birth stories that are transformational do look them up on facebook.
For each letter this April, I shall be presenting a poem inspired by ‘something’ that is making our world a little bit kinder, a little bit greener. The ‘something’ is a mix of people, movements, thoughts, or organizations who are having a positive influence on the world around us. But, this one post deviates from my original idea of the theme! Read all the other posts in ‘Poetry For A Cause’ series by linking the button below.
“CHANGE BEGINS WITH AWARENESS”