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Saturday, January 23, 2010

New feature: not a happy birthday - The F-Word


By Jess McCabe | 7 March 2008, 21:28

Threatened, intimidated, bullied, violated: this is hospital birth as many mothers experience it. Amity Reed reports on the little-recognized crime of birth rape

When Lynsey (not her real name) went into hospital to have her baby, she expected to leave a mother. After many hours of difficult labour and a wholly unexpected turn of events, she exited the building not only a mother but a victim of assault. Like thousands of other women, she was violated in the worst possible way when at her most vulnerable. What she had experienced was birth rape, and she would never be the same…

New feature: not a happy birthday - The F-Word

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