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Unhappy Birthdays, Part 3: Why "birth rape" continues to happen

Jesusa Ricoy-Olariaga has learned much from the mothers who send their pain down the telephone wire to her position at a birth trauma helpline. She’s learned not only the “whats” of birth rape,...

Unhappy Birthdays, Part 2: The politics of "birth rape" and mothers with PTSD

Women today are as likely to develop PTSD from giving birth as modern solders are from military combat, due to the "rape"-like procedures used in some hospitals.