I constantly ask myself...why in the world are there so many male obgyns? Have they ever delivered a baby? Do they really know what it feels like? Why are they the ones coaching women through the normal birth process. I understand they might be great in surgery but really are they great in the delivery room for a natural birth?
I know I wouldn't ever go to a male obgyn...besides that I delivered with a midwife.
In the new book Get Me Out, Epstein really explains the history of childbirth and how male doctors became obgyns...
Around the sixteenth century, well-meaning men began experimenting with ways to
make money from childbirth. One man, whom Epstein calls “one of the greatest marketing wizards ever,” wrote a 200 year-long best seller called The Rose Garden for Pregnant Women and Midwives. It turns out that the doctor who wrote it never studied childbirth, understood
current practice, or even saw a baby born….a theme that repeats over and over in Get Me Out. One tale from this first chapter is of Dr. Wert, who was sentenced to death in 1522 when he was caught in the delivery room pretending to be a woman. Until only very recently (the last 100 years or so) labor and birth was definitely not considered a place for a man. But, times do change. Epstein writes, “Suffice to say, by the end of the 1500’s doctors were beginning to bad-mouth female helpers as a way to make room for themselves in this female-only business.”
Along with bad-mouth marketing, however, doctors did create a very useful tool that would prove to be a very useful weapon for getting men
into the birthing profession.