Within the culture of labor and childbirth is a choice of language. It used to be that women birthed their babies. Then medicalization of pregnancy and labor began and women were delivered of their babies. While it may have been the case when women were coerced into unconsciousness during labor, that someone else assisted the delivery of their babies, it is no longer true and the terminology does not serve women.
Birth is an action word. Anyone who has given birth to a baby, knows the work involved in labor is her own.
No one delivers a woman of her baby. (In my opinion, this terminology doesn’t support women who must birth surgically either, although I respectfully leave it to those wise women to define their own experience.)
Babies are not delivered to a mother like pizza. There is sweat and blood and tears involved- for these the term “delivery” makes no mention.
This language reveals an attitude of disrespect for a woman’s active role in bringing her baby into the world.
An important step for women who desire to empower themselves and advocate for themselves is to own the word birth and select care providers who reveal a comparable attitude with their language.
ALL women are powerful. Women who BIRTH learn their power firsthand. This is the nature of birth.
Own your power. Own your BIRTH.