A reader emailed me recently to ask about finding pro-choice midwives and birth centers in San Diego after she had this not-so-pleasant experience:
I just visited The Best Start Birth Center in San Diego for an annual exam and introduction to their pre-natal and birthing facilities. After taking my medical history, the midwife asked me about my “grieving process” for a past abortion, and then referred me to Rachel’s Vineyard, a pro-life Catholic ministry that offers workshops to “heal the trauma of abortion.” I was startled, angered, and disappointed. I realized that I could not comfortably receive care in this facility, even though it’s the only midwife-run birth center in my area.
It is not uncommon for the silence of the midwifery community on abortion to hide the beliefs of some who are patently anti-choice. Since most women who have abortions are also mothers at some point in their lives, this reader’s experience may not be so uncommon.
So Radical Doula readers, anyone know of pro-choice midwives in San Diego that we can refer her to? How I wish there was a directory somewhere online with this information. Leave any suggestions you might have in comments!