Birthing and Justice with Dr Ruth De Souza

Series 3 Episode 4: Natalie Kon-yu on writing, birth trauma and medical sexism

May 26, 2022 Season 3 Episode 4
Birthing and Justice with Dr Ruth De Souza
Series 3 Episode 4: Natalie Kon-yu on writing, birth trauma and medical sexism
Show Notes

Synopsis:
What if you thought pregnancy was going to be easy, a breeze? You had even planned an overseas holiday – but then suddenly, pregnancy became frightening and stressful, needing admission to a mental health unit?

Natalie Kon-yu – a Naarm-based writer descended from Italian and Mauritian migrants – talks about the experiences of medical sexism, birth trauma and medical mismanagement detailed in her book The Cost of Labour. She also talks about the ways in which motherhood is simultaneously exalted and undervalued In contemporary colonial Australia – and how she’s looking to challenge those norms.  [Content warning: This episode addresses mental health, suicidal ideation, medical trauma and negligence.]


Notes:
Read Natalie's powerful essay in Overland: The most natural thing
https://overland.org.au/previous-issues/issue-235/feature-the-most-natural-thing/

Shelf Reflection: Natalie Kon-yu
https://www.killyourdarlings.com.au/article/shelf-reflection-natalie-kon-yu/

5 Questions with Dr Natalie Kon-yu
https://www.liminalmag.com/5-questions/natalie-kon-yu

The #PublishingPaidMe hashtag reveals how Writers of Colour are undervalued
https://www.sbs.com.au/topics/voices/culture/article/2020/06/15/publishingpaidme-hashtag-reveals-how-writers-colour-are-undervalued

Natalie Kon-yu is a feminist first
https://www.dumbofeather.com/conversations/natalie-kon-yu-is-a-feminist-first/

The cost of labour 
https://affirmpress.com.au/publishing/the-cost-of-labour/

Music in this episode includes ‘Salientia’ and ‘Tympanum’ by REW<< and ‘Dark Water’ by Nul Tiel Records, used under a Creative Commons license from Free Music Archive.