Labor Repose

Labor Repose
LaborPayne during her 6th homebirth (9th baby) at age 44

Sunday, February 1, 2009

The Clash

Dear Reader,
I knew this day would come. I had an opportunity to write a protest letter (my specialty) to a local hospital for quietly removing a physician and midwife from their practice there. The hospital has been successful in keeping the details from coming to light, so no one really knows what happened. As I was about to don my 'birth activist' hat and pen my letter, it occurred to me, that someday, I might want to petition for my nursing students to have clinical hours there, and and that such a petition might be impeded by the presence of a ' protest letter' with my name on it.

I knew that choosing to represent an organization (i.e. getting a job) would interfere with my, shall we say, more 'covert activities' and I have the feeling this is just the beginning. Can revolutionaries really be on the payroll?


Anonymous said...

Could you write it and have it be anonymous, or have someone else sign it? That way, you get to exercise your specialty and a needed letter gets written, while still preserving your ability to work from the inside without causing waves and/or friction.


LaborPayne said...

I hear what you are saying Kathy, but I have an ethical issue with anonymity. Basically, I want credit for my words. I want to claim my work in the world. I once orchestrated an event that involved picketing a conference. Because my employer was the host of the conference- and paying for me to attend- I did everything behind the scenes, even recruiting someone else to be the face of the event. This event ended up getting tons of press and even a write up in a national journal. I get to claim NONE of it. My name is mentioned NO WHERE in any of the press. When I mention it now, I have to get the face person to vouch for me (don't get me wrong, the work she did was real, but I was feeding her info and directing things). I don't want to do things that way again. I'm trying to make a name for myself, and ANONYMOUS ain't it.