Birth Currents

Hanna Burgers

Keywords: Birth-giving, Feminism, Medicalisation

Internship: Laia Abril

My grandparents were born at home. My parents were born at home. So was my sister, were many of my cousins, my Dutch lovers, and most of my friends. In that same line, so was I. The Netherlands has a particular healthcare system regarding birth; it is connected in such a way that women have a broad choice for their preferred circumstances for giving birth.

Especially during the past few decades, this system went through a rapid process of medicalisation, and the change is continuing at a high pace. As birth plays a major role in our human need for bonding, I dive into the changes around the birthing process; from intimate home births to the development of artificial wombs.