Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Not a Happy Birthday

Threatened, intimidated, bullied, violated: this is hospital birth as many mothers experience it. Amity Reed reports on the little-recognised crime of birth rape: The F Word

"...how in the world did we get to this point, where scores of women are being treated like slabs of meat on a butcher's table or cogs in the machinery of a conveyor belt? We believe that western medicine is so advanced and our technology so incredible that we rarely stop to think about the effects they have on biological processes and people themselves. Some things are not meant to be tampered with too much and childbirth may be one of them."

How indeed?

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Rally Across Australia to Support the Women Hospitals Ignored

Rally for Accountability: make healthcare about consumers! Joyous Birth, the Australian homebirth network is currently organising a national day of rallies to show support for the women stepping forward with allegations around their experiences of Graeme Reeves. This is planned for Friday 28 March, midday outside parliaments in every state and territory except for NT, at this point. Joyous Birth hopes that women all over Australia can join forces over this issue which we see as linked to the wider issues of medical culture in this country. A Graeme Reeves could only have occurred in a system which is already sick. Contact me for more information. Have you seen this in the news lately? Stand by these courageous women and offer them your support!

THEY call him the Butcher of Bega - a NSW doctor who has committed such monstrous acts that hundreds of terrified victims have remained silent for more than five years. Dr Graeme Stephen Reeves is alleged to have routinely mutilated or sexually abused as many as 500 female patients while he was working as a gynaecologist and obstetrician at various hospitals across Sydney and the NSW south coast. Click here for Source.

Mrs Dewaegeneire was admitted to Pambula Hospital on August 2002 to have a minor lesion removed from her labia. Before she lost consciousness to a general anaesthetic, she said Dr Reeves leaned over and whispered in her ear: "I'm going to take your clitoris, too". After the operation she discovered all her external genitalia had been cut off her body. It is alleged Dr Reeves later boasted of removing "all the fun bits" - and said she wouldn't need them as her husband had died. Click here for Source.

In spite of there being 1200 complaints against this man, there are those who still seek to protect him.

Butcher victims top 1200

SUPPORTERS of the "Butcher of Begs", Graeme Reeves, have gone to ground as the growing tsunami of email complaints surpasses the 1200 mark. The Sunday Telegraph was met with a wall of silence when it contacted former colleagues, psychiatrists and health regulators last week to find out how the disgraced former gynaecologist and obstetrician managed to escape detection for more than a decade. Only one former colleague spoke out last week to defend Reeves, who is accused of routinely mutilating and sexually abusing hundreds of patients. Click here for Source.

Last week Dr Simonson, who provided a letter of reference for Reeves at his NSW Medical Tribunal hearing in 2004, said he stood by his statement that Reeves was ``one of the better surgeons'' in his experience. "I assisted Dr Reeves in some operations and what I saw him do is what I've seen othersurgeons do similarly in other operations,'' he said. Asked if that meant he had seen other surgeons mutilate their patients, he replied: "I'm not commenting''. Click here for Source.

WE MUST EXPRESS OUR HORROR AND OUTRAGE THAT THIS HAS BEEN ALLOWED TO HAPPEN IN OUR HEALTH SYSTEM. WE MUST SHOW OUR SUPPORT FOR THIS MANS VICTIMS, AND SEND THE CLEAR MESSAGE THAT THIS MUST NEVER BE ALLOWED TO HAPPEN AGAIN, AND THIS MAN MUST BE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE. Nationwide rallies have been organised in the following cities, on Friday the 28th of March, Midday, on the steps of Parliament. CANBERRA - More info at http://www.joyousbirth.info/forums/showthread.php?t=16155 BRISBANE - More info at http://www.joyousbirth.info/forums/showthread.php?t=16180 HOBART - More info at http://www.joyousbirth.info/forums/showthread.php?t=16160 SYDNEY - More info at http://www.joyousbirth.info/forums/showthread.php?t=16158 PERTH - More info at http://www.joyousbirth.info/forums/showthread.php?t=16157 ADELAIDE - More info at http://www.joyousbirth.info/forums/showthread.php?t=16210 Bring ribbons to tie to represent the women abused. Come along, bring your families, bring placards, spread the word! Contact Joyous Birth to get involved, spread the word, bring your mothers’ group, tell your school committees, tell anyone who’ll listen and come along to support these women. SLOGANS FOR PLACARDS: First Do No Harm Real Doctors Don't Abuse Women We Deserve Better! Ignorance is NOT strength! Respect Us. Care not Scare! We are watching YOU. Our bodies are our own. Procedure without Consent is ABUSE Ask. Listen. Respect. Consent is not a contract for abuse! My signature does NOT absolve you! Do that to me on the street. Go to Jail. You are not above the law. Abuse us, pay the consequences. No means NO - Even in Hospital! We don't trust you anymore.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

A Beautiful Belly Cast

What better way of immortalising the stunning beauty of a baby belly? This was done for me at about 38 weeks when pregnant with Tristan. It was done at a gestation I never expected to reach, but knew fully well that from that point on, my baby was most definitely going to be full term. I was in a really wicked space this day, surrounded by awesome, loving, genuine women who were so in to sharing my journey with me. The honoured me and my pregnant self, lathering me before applying the cool plaster. Smoothing the creases of the cast. Holding it as it dried and watching a piece of art come to life. I wish every pregnant woman had the opportunity to really experience something as awesome as being casted when pregnant. Looking back on our bodies in their pregnant form really forces one to comprehend the massive changes we undertake as women in growing a baby.