Dear Professor Whitty & Mr. Matthew Hancock,
We are writing to express our concern over the continued restrictions and temporary policies in maternity care. Implemented during the initial outbreak of the Covid Pandemic, such restrictions were prudent but now, as lockdown eases and some NHS trusts are beginning to revert these rules, many others are continuing to restrict the rights of healthy pregnant women and birthing people for no apparent medical reason. We believe that the restrictions currently in place due to the Covid outbreak are not necessary, not based on scientific evidence, are disrespecting human rights and are not proportionate to achieve the objective of limiting the spread of the virus.
From a very young age, girls are taught to be “good”. To not make a fuss, to ensure everyone is happy, to make things run smoothly and not cause a scene. It is so ingrained in our society that you would be forgiven for thinking that subservience is a natural quality of women and girls; that little girls are “sweet” and “gentle”, and little boys are “boisterous” and “loud”.
A couple of weeks ago, I attended a free training event at Effra Space in London run by the charity Birthrights. It was not the first time that I attended a Birthrights’ event, and as a matter of fact, I’m a big fan of this charity and pledge a monthly donation to support the organisation.
Kicki Hansard is a member of Doula UK, however any opinions expressed on this blog are personal views and not necessarily the view of Doula UK.