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A Malady of the Healthcare Profession

Patriarchal and societal conditioning has prioritised medicine over nursing and midwifery, creating an unjust, unequal, and exploitative relationship between doctors and nurse-midwives.

I am a midwife and nurse researcher, and doctors have often finished my sentences or given unsolicited advice about whats best for me or my profession. Doctors have complimented me, saying, You are good, you should have been a doctor. As women, we get mansplained on a daily basiswhere men speak over us about deeply feminine experiences or our areas of expertisebut if you are a midwife or nurse, its highly likely that youve been docsplained too!

Docsplanation is a phenomenon I have experienced all through my career, since training to be a nurse-midwife. This is a result of the blatant doctor-worshipping we indulge indeep-rooted as it is in our history and patriarchal systemfor services that are the collaborative effort of a team of healthcare providers. This results in the humiliation and suppression of our profession and professional skillevident in limiting a nursing superintendents powers to rotating nurses; reducing joint directors of nursing to merely sorting out court cases; groups of experts at international policy meetings disrespectfully rejecting the ideas of nurse-midwives; and medical superintendents prioritising the medicine students need to assist births over the midwifery students in teaching hospitals. This conditioning begins early on in our lives, and is disrespectful and disheartening.

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Published On : 20th Jan, 2024

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