When my mother went to the hospital to give birth to my older sister she had to wait till a room was open. My mother is a Mexican woman and has dark skin. But when a Caucasian woman goes into a hospital to give birth, a room is open and waiting for her. Thankfully nothing happened to my sister in the period of time that she had to wait to come out of my mother womb, but imagine if something had had happened. Believe it or not race and culture is something that will and can affect you in the smallest simplest things. It can affect you in how long you have to wait to get food to how long you have to wait to give birth. Race is just one of the things that can affect you at the moment of giving life to another human being. Your position In society might affect help you or damage you when giving birth. If your high class or middle class you might have luck when giving birth your money might help you, but if your lower class then you have a problem and especially if you’re someone of color and belong to the lower class.
Throughout the years race has become more important than anything. Stereotypes have been made by the color of people’s skin. Back in the day when people used midwives to to help them at the moment of giving birth in their home they would have someone who was from their culture or someone who they could relate to. But when “lying- ins” (sort of hospital) were made everything changed. The creators of such things, for example the doctors Lambert and Markoe thought that people would come to their hospitals (lying-ins) so they could feel safe and have all this medical assistance. But as the book Get me out written by Randi Hutter Epstein states “Hospital deliveries meant eating strange news. it was not only a move from home to hospital it was a move from one culture to another from the familiar to the strange. It meant you were on doctors turf.” (pg. 71)
Women waiting to give birth because of the color of their skin hasn’t been something that recently started or something that is of the 21st Century. Throughout the years women have had to go through several struggles in life but they have overcome several. For example women now have the right to vote which back then wasn’t even a thought that crossed their mind. But for women to actually go through the struggl-
e of having to wait outside a waiting room to actually go into a room in a hospital to give birth was one of the many steps that came after other things other woman had to do to actually give birth. But yet again it was a concept taking into consideration while doing tests to help women with childbirth. Most doctors would use slaves to help with their test since it was better than using clean caucasian woman. For example the Doctor Sims utilized 3 slaves to help with his research, Anarcha, Betsey and Lucy.
At the end of day race and class was something that had to do a lot with the experience as a woman would go through while giving birth to her child. which was totally wrong and not ok. Doctors need to realize that just because they’re Caucasian or they’re African-American they’re still doing the same thing giving birth to another completely amazing human being.