Many people in the natural birth advocacy realm are aware of “Dr. Amy” and her polemic blog. I was distressed to see that in addition to pillaging the homebirth and unassisted childbirth forums at Mothering on a regular basis, she is now stalking the birth trauma forum there! If you’re interested to read her post, you’ll have to search for it yourself. I am not going to directly link to her site.
My concerns over this behavior include:
- Did she get approval from these people to use her comments? I would venture to say no. It is one thing to directly quote from a public blog where the intent is PUBLISHING (with a link back, of course) and a whole other thing to directly quote people who are gathered together in support around a sensitive topic. This would be more than bad netiquette.
- Her reason for being at the birth trauma forum – I have yet to read anything unique at her blog. I have seen her quote and give “statistics” (laughable) based on posts at the homebirth and UC forums at Mothering and thought that was pretty low. And now she’s raiding the birth trauma forum to gather content for her blog?
- Her lack of sensitivity and understanding as demonstrated by the quotes she selected for her blog
- The lack of privacy and sacred space that moms who are recovering from birth trauma need and deserve
I sent a private message to the birth trauma moderator. Here’s what I sent:
I hope that interested parties will voice their opinions at the Mothering Dot Commune site or to other responsible parties at Mothering. Additionally, I hope that people will turn to more private venues such as the private forums at the International Cesarean Awareness Network website or private support lists on Google Groups or Yahoo Groups. These women have been through so much. They don’t deserve to have their stories exploited even though they are posting on a public forum.