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GoPros in L&D

So much is being said about video cameras on the bodies of cops so they can be held accountable for their actions. I say we bring cameras into L&D to do the same of doctors and nurses. 

I worked at a birth center once that had cameras in the birth rooms. From the day they were installed, the midwives and students acted differently than the day before. As far as I know, the cameras weren’t recording, but I can’t say for sure. There are very real issues of privacy to think about, but making sure the students didn’t operate out of their scope of practice was more important to the owners. 

I’ve thought about this privacy thing in L&Ds and thought if the woman was the one with the camera, the privacy issue would become moot. She could wear a GoPro on her head and her privates wouldn’t be able to be seen, but the doctors and nurses would.

Would the medical personnel act differently if they were recorded? Would they manipulate women the way some of them do? Would they humiliate, belittle, dehumanize women the way some do? Would they speak kindly to everyone finally? Would they offer the pros and cons in a way that would hold up in court? 

Hospital legal teams would never allow this to happen, of course, lest things be caught on camera that can end up in a courtroom. But what if we secretly recorded, audio recorded, our labors and births? What if we had a Google Glass and could record everything that went on? What if we have a special pen that captures what our “team” does to us? 

What does this say about trusting our providers in birth? For the majority of women, the person they hire is not who they see in labor. For too many VBAC women, the bait and switch at 37 weeks can be beyond frustrating… even angering. Maybe if doctors heard themselves talking, they would reevaluate their words to women. 

Yeah, I think a GoPro on the forehead of a laboring and birthing woman is a dandy idea.

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