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“Mother May I?” documentary uncovers traumatic birth experiences

By Taylor Pittman,

An upcoming documentary is shedding light on birth trauma and obstetric violence, as well as the women who didn’t feel like they could speak about either until now.

“Mother May I?” is the work of Cristen Pascucci, the former vice president of advocacy organization Improving Birth and the founder of Birth Monopoly, which helps support families and educate women on their rights during childbirth.

The film surpassed its goal on Kickstarter after its April launch and has since earned more than $106,000 from backers. Its trailer shows women speaking out about going through procedures without their consent during birth, facing pressure and ultimatums in the delivery room and more.


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