Our workshop will dive into the sordid beginnings of obstetrics in America and explore the continued effects of racism, bias, and pseudoscience in modern day childbearing care. Join us for a journey into the past where we explore the unique circumstances of enslavement and immigration in America and how they allowed American doctors an unprecedented opportunity to enter the world-realm of medicine. Continue with us as we unravel the neglected physical, emotional, social, and pathological factors that lay bare the truth behind bias in obstetrical care and recognize how this prejudice continues to affect modern care in childbirth. We will conclude with suggestions for how to move forward from here in a way that respects and recognizes autonomy in all birthing bodies.
Objectives: Explore how “women’s health” put American doctors on the world map
Identify the factors contributing to early obstetricians’ perspectives on childbirth
Summarize the effects of the foundation of obstetrical learning on bias in current birth management and evidence based suggestions for moving forward.