Welcome to Sweden: Notes on birthday condoms, home abortions, and hysterical Americans

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I've never seen free condoms

I've never seen free condoms in airports or grocery stores (they do tend to want you to pay for their products), but otherwise this article is accurate.

Anonymous more than 1 year ago

Perhaps slight naive and blue

Perhaps slight naive and blue-eyed in perpective but mostly correct.
Sweden is a good country live in. Yes, we pay a fair bit in taxe, but we also expect and get, a lot back.

Also Ottar was a damn hero and the magiazin bearing her name still comes out regularly and is a pretty good read on sexuality and reproduction.

Petter Wäss more than 1 year ago

This actually does sound like

This actually does sound like utopia. "Attitudes and public policy have evolved over time...I take that as a hopeful sign". Perfect!

Heather Roach more than 1 year ago

One of the most thoughtful,

One of the most thoughtful, insightful, enlightening pieces I've read -- on any subject -- in quite awhile. Thank you, Ingrid!

Sean Michael Dargan more than 1 year ago

Such a well written article.

Such a well written article. Ingrid is as well written as she is well spoken.

Amy more than 1 year ago

It is reassuring to know

It is reassuring to know there are women like Ingrid out there for my baby daughter, Lavinia, whom Ingrid helped deliver into this world, to look up to. Love from Madison to Sweden!

Doug Dalsing more than 1 year ago

From this cornucopia of

From this cornucopia of freedoms there's is one very essential one missing. The freedom to give birth at home. It would seem that the author of this article is still in the honey moon period with this country. Sure, Sweden is ahead of the curb when it comes to programmatic and state endorsed equality issues. The swedish foreign ministry launched the International campaign, Midwives4all. This is a misnomer. It should've more aptly been called "Midwives4all - Except for Swedish Home Birthers" This danish mid wife who is currently forced back into working in a hospital setting in Sweden, has to burst her and every one elses bubble, to testify of an an extremely paternalistic streak in "Folkhemmets" limited pregnancy and labor offerings. The concept of woman centered care, is all but unheard of, and informed choice and consent to treatment are concepts that entered the law only in jan 2015, which most doctors and midwives are unimpressed with, in that they fear non compliance with various local doctor written directives more than they fear violating the women's right to informed consent to treatment or routine interventions. This results in growing dissatisfaction with labor options and an unmet desire to have more choices in pregnancy and birth. But despite Swedens equality profile internationally, and it's free access to abortions and condoms you not only don't have the freedom to give birth at home you also cannot give birth in a midwifery led unit of which there's is currently only one. This one unit, and the uncontroversial midwifery values that underpin it, such as one to one care, continous support in active labor and continuity of carers through labor and pregnancy, is currently under attack by the "obstetrician centered" laborpolicies and, sadly, aiding in this attack are ..... MIDWIVES! Women who don´t want a hospital birth (often second time around), and who pay for everyone elses births in hospitals through their high taxes can not get financing for their own birth if they choose to birth outside of a hospital. This has increased the number of women who give birth at home - unassisted by midwives, who, like myself, are forced to make a living in the Hospitals. This is a serious human rights issue very revealing of the misogyny that runs as an undercurrent in Sweden's otherwise "feminist" international profile.

Jacqueline Vejlstrup more than 1 year ago

It shows how much state n

It shows how much state n society is concerned with public health. I been there and observed all with my eyes. Thanks to Swedes n Swedish government who gave us free education n access to their universities.
Dr TAHIR KHARAL
MPH Umeà Sweden

Dr Tahir Kharal more than 1 year ago

From this cornucopia of

From this cornucopia of freedoms there's is one very essential one missing. The freedom to give birth at home. It would seem that the author of this article is still in the honey moon period with this country. Sure, Sweden is ahead of the curb when it comes to programmatic and state endorsed equality issues. The swedish foreign ministry launched the International campaign, Midwives4all. This is a misnomer. It should've more aptly been called "Midwives4all - Except for Swedish Home Birthers" This danish mid wife who is currently forced back into working in a hospital setting in Sweden, has to burst her and every one elses bubble, to testify of an an extremely paternalistic streak in "Folkhemmets" limited pregnancy and labor offerings. The concept of woman centered care, is all but unheard of, and informed choice and consent to treatment are concepts that entered the law only in jan 2015, which most doctors and midwives are unimpressed with, in that they fear non compliance with various local doctor written directives more than they fear violating the women's right to informed consent to treatment or routine interventions. This results in growing dissatisfaction with labor options and an unmet desire to have more choices in pregnancy and birth. But despite Swedens equality profile internationally, and it's free access to abortions and condoms you not only don't have the freedom to give birth at you also cannot give birth in a midwifery led unit of which there's is currently only one. This one unit, and the uncontroversial midwifery values that underpin it, such as one to one care, continous support in active labor and continuity of carers through labor and pregnancy, is currently under attack by the "obstetrician centered" laborpolicies and, sadly, aiding in this attack are ..... MIDWIVES! Women who don´t want a hospital birth (often second time around), and who pay for everyone elses births in hospitals through their high taxes can not get financing for their own birth if they choose to birth outside of a hospital. This has increased the number of women who give birth at home - unassisted by midwives, who, like myself, are forced to make a living in the Hospitals. This is a serious human rights breach very revealing of the misogyny that underlies Sweden's otherwise "feminist" international profile.

Anonymous more than 1 year ago

From this cornucopia of

From this cornucopia of freedoms there's is one very essential one missing. The freedom to give birth at home. It would seem that the author of this article is still in the honey moon period with this country. Sure, Sweden is ahead of the curb when it comes to programmatic and state endorsed equality issues. The swedish foreign ministry launched the International campaign, Midwives4all. This is a misnomer. It should've more aptly been called "Midwives4all - Except for Swedish Home Birthers" This danish mid wife who is currently forced back into working in a hospital setting in Sweden, has to burst her and every one elses bubble, to testify of an an extremely paternalistic streak in "Folkhemmets" limited pregnancy and labor offerings. The concept of woman centered care, is all but unheard of, and informed choice and consent to treatment are concepts that entered the law only in jan 2015, which most doctors and midwives are unimpressed with, in that they fear non compliance with various local doctor written directives more than they fear violating the women's right to informed consent to treatment or routine interventions. This results in growing dissatisfaction with labor options and an unmet desire to have more choices in pregnancy and birth. But despite Swedens equality profile internationally, and it's free access to abortions and condoms you not only don't have the freedom to give birth at you also cannot give birth in a midwifery led unit of which there's is currently only one. This one unit, and the uncontroversial midwifery values that underpin it, such as one to one care, continous support in active labor and continuity of carers through labor and pregnancy, is currently under attack by the "obstetrician centered" laborpolicies and, sadly, aiding in this attack are ..... MIDWIVES! Women who don´t want a hospital birth (often second time around), and who pay for everyone elses births in hospitals through their high taxes can not get financing for their own birth if they choose to birth outside of a hospital. This has increased the number of women who give birth at home - unassisted by midwives, who, like myself, are forced to make a living in the Hospitals. This is a serious human rights breach very revealing of the misogyny that underlies Sweden's otherwise "feminist" international profile.

Anonymous more than 1 year ago

Fantastic article! The Swedes

Fantastic article! The Swedes are definitely doing it right. As a home birth midwife, we are restricted so much in the care that we can give.

Sandi B more than 1 year ago

Totally unreal. Like a spooky

Totally unreal. Like a spooky parallel universe.

Jonas more than 1 year ago

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