December 14, 2018 by Marea Goodman |

Never before have conversations about sexual harassment and violence been so commonplace. Around the world, feminists are declaring that they #BelieveWomen and women are telling their #MeToo stories. Despite a wave of fierce backlash to the feminist movement, we have broken the silence around the interpersonal and systemic violence that so frequently faces women, female-bodied, queer and trans people.

But I can’t help but notice a huge blind spot around birth.

Thousands of birthing women experience violence every day. (George Ruiz / Creative Commons)

UNICEF estimates that about 353,000 babies are born each…


Did you know that the healthcare industry is the largest producer of waste in the United States? And the United States is the largest polluter in the world, producing a total of 236 million tons of waste annually. Although we make up only 5% of the world’s population, we produce a whopping 30% of the world’s waste. It is sobering to think about how much of that waste is generated by hospitals and the health care system.

We are currently in the most dire period of climate change in human history. NASA states that the carbon dioxide levels are up…


​One thing the whole Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh process reiterates: we live in a violent and sexist culture. But, things are changing. Never before have conversations about sexual harassment and sexual violence been so frequently spoken in our media or political sphere. People everywhere are getting behind the #BelieveWomen and #MeToo platforms. And while we have a very long way to go, I feel hopeful we will get there, eventually. One thing that the courageous Dr. Ford’s testimony shows is how traumatic experiences can affect us for our entire lives. Anybody with an ounce of compassion could see…


In the wake of the #MeToo movement, there is one group of people’s voices that still remain silent: birthing people. It’s wonderful that more and more women, female-bodied, queer, and trans people are speaking out against the sexual harassment and violence they have endured and continue to experience in our society. It’s wonderful that this information is so public that it is hard, even for the most privileged, to ignore. Sure, we won’t see an immediate end to sexism, male violence, and harassment. But it’s a step in the right direction.

I am concerned, however, about a huge blind-spot that…


In the wake of the #MeToo movement, there is one group of people’s voices that still remain silent: birthing people.

It’s wonderful that more and more women, female-bodied, queer, and trans people are speaking out against the sexual harassment and violence they have endured and continue to experience in our society. It’s wonderful that this information is so public that it is hard, even for the most privileged, to ignore. Sure, we won’t see an immediate end to sexism, male violence, and harassment. But it’s a step in the right direction.

I am concerned, however, about a huge blind-spot that…


Photo of at-home prenatal care by a midwife in Oakland, California

We are in a time when our goodness as humanity is being questioned. Borders are militarized and becoming stronger, refugees are denied access to needed resources, and hate crimes are on the rise.

In this country, we are unquestionably seeing the results of generations of trauma and segregation.

For about a hundred years, humans have routinely birthed our babies in hospitals. During this time, the medical community, as an oppressive institution, has been interfering with many of the physiological process of birth, performing often unnecessary, misogynistic interventions and separating babies from their parents.

These practices have laid the foundation for…

Marea Goodman

Marea is a licensed midwife who is passionate about the liberatory and healing power of birth. Find more about her and her practice at www.restoremidwifery.com.

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