“Leave your dignity at the door”
What does this mean?
This was a bit of ‘sage’ advice I received when preparing for my first birth. I took it to mean,
“don’t worry about being naked in front of strangers,
because you are giving birth,
and that is your focus…”
the more I learn, the more I hear, the more loaded this simple piece of advice becomes.
What is dignity?
One online dictionary offers this:
The quality or state of being worthy of esteem or respect.
Leave your sense of worth at the door? Don’t expect respect?
Oh that is bad. very bad.
Be a ‘good patient’, let the hero-care provider think for you, you are nothing more than a vessel for the baby. You matter not. What matters is a healthy baby.
This is BAD. VERY BAD.
If your care provider does not treat you with respect, does not ‘allow’ you your dignity: find a different care provider.