A quiet revolution
If you listen carefully, you’ll hear whispers in the wind tonight. Voices quietly telling their stories.
Here a story of hurt.
There a story of pain.
Another of fear.
And many, so many, of betrayal by those to whom we entrust ourselves.
Every day, women of Ireland are asked to put their fates in the hands of our maternity hospitals. And every day, another woman finds herself let down by a system that is understaffed, under-resourced, and falling apart at the seams. Oh and is “the safest place in the world in which to give birth” apparently.
If you consider a live mother and baby the only outcome worth striving for that is.
No mention of the numbers of women left mentally scarred and traumatized by the treatment they receive. It’s easy to keep them quiet though. A sharp “Haven’t you a healthy baby, what more do you want?” is usually enough to invoke guilt and quieten tongues.
But this small nation of ours has too much history when it comes to keeping people quiet and sweeping things under the carpet for future generations to look back on with horror. And in the past year, stories have been making their way to public ears.
A mother dies.
Four babies die.
And the sad thing is, that’s what it takes for people to start to listen.
So I’m asking you to stop tonight and listen. Because the whispers are getting louder and these are voices that deserve to be heard.
Thank you to AIMS Ireland for the work that they are doing, helping Irish women rediscover their voices in a broken maternity system: SHOUT BACK – YOUR SAY