Thursday, July 27, 2006

Questions for Reflection

I don't want to give the wrong impression. I'm glad my friends are asking me the difficult questions. There will be many difficult questions ahead- and they won't be asked in a spirit of love and concern. The film makers sent over a long list of questions for me to think about in preparation for the first interview this weekend. I had some sobering moments as I contemplated those questions. Will I draw the ire of the medical profession? I'm going to tell the truth and not sugar coat it. My experiences are what they are. My story is what it is. My daughter-in-law was visiting me in my office yesterday. She came to see the chiropractor that I share a building with. As she sat and nursed my grandson and we chit chatted about how things were going, I thought of her birth experience and how it will impact her. I want to tell my story for her, and for my daughters. I want to tell it for you and your daughters. Will it make a difference? I don't know. I hope so.
a sample of the questions:
When did you have your first children? Memories? Challenges?What were your guiding influences? Political? Spiritual? etcCan you remember first being interested in child birth and midwifery?Did you ever want to be a doctor?What challenges to your ambitions did you face?How did you overcome these?Any regrets? What might you have done differently with hindsight?Describe your time as a nurse? Memories? Influence on you? Interaction with doctor?Did you ever witness any trauma or injustice that has stayed with you?Do you have any Birth stories from your own birth that have stayed with you? From other births you have witnessed?Why so many children? (sorry but people will ask as I am sure you know!)

2 comments:

Louisa said...

Please, please tell it as you've seen it. You have an amazing opportunity to shed light on the inner workings of the system from all your various experiences, Mama, Nurse, Doula, Midwife, Woman... trust your heart and your knowledge. The world can only benefit!
Well done you for taking on this superb set of challenges.
After training and working as a doula in KC/MO I'm dying to read your takeon the state of things in that neck of the woods :)

Laborpayne said...

Louisa,
Thanks for reminding me- this is an expose'. I'm exposing the seemy underbelly of the healthcare system- and it won't be pretty.