Vaginal Politics - A Midwife's Story

An oral history by Judy Lee as told to Bette Waters

Vaginal Politics - A Midwife's Story book coverA story of how a midwife and her patients used the community, the legal system, and the media to defend themselves against the illegal harassment from the local medical system. But at what price? It is the story of emotional trauma buried within her psyche. Emotional trauma when tapped 25 years later, resembles the trauma suppression seen in women who have been violently attacked and never told. Vaginal Politics has been adapted as a screenplay by Barry Dunleavey and Bette Waters, 2008. It is presently in the hands of an agent.

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You won't want to miss Judy's account of courage, community activism and persistence in the face of medical opposition as the only home birth midwife in a small town in New Mexico.
... Ina May Gaskin, CPM, author of
Spiritual Midwifery and Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

A stunning and frightening real-life tale about the politics of womens healthcare. This is a must read for all of us, whether we are healthcare providers or consumers.
... Elizabeth Bethel, Ph.D., Community Initiatives, Inc

Judy's struggles as a midwife were dark days. It was strange that a medical system would care about a midwife providing care for women who were too poor to have paid a physician anyway. I hope this account will remind us never to bo gack to those absurd times.
... Wenda Trevathan, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology and author of
Human Birth: An Evolutionary Perspective