In this story, I write about the many difficulties and hardships of my pregnancy and delivery, especially the paradox of having to undergo obstetric violence in order to be able to give birth to a healthy baby and survive, then being marginalized as “not having witnessed” and felt the pain of birth-giving and thus not being fully worthy of motherhood, or even femininity. The details provided are sometimes graphic but I have tried to express them as best I could as traumatic images and situations.
Zekri Masson, Souhir
"Untimely Ripp'd: The Full Story of My Delivery,"
Survive & Thrive: A Journal for Medical Humanities and Narrative as Medicine: Vol. 8:
1, Article 12.
Available at: https://repository.stcloudstate.edu/survive_thrive/vol8/iss1/12