Mum claims she was verbally abused by a midwife for being gay, soon after welcoming her baby.
Aussie mum Kirsty shared her experience on Facebook, revealing she was at her most vulnerable after a grueling 17-hour labour to deliver her daughter with partner, Roz, when the incident happened.
“A midwife made derogatory remarks to me because I am gay,” Kirsty revealed in her post. “She waited until I was alone and naked in the shower after a 17 hour labour before she attacked.”
Kirsty, who shared her story in support of the #TheyGetToVote awareness campaign, explains how the midwife initially had an issue with her leaving her baby with “a friend” while she went to shower.
When Kirsty explained Roz was actually her partner of 17 years, the midwife made her opinion of the couple’s relationship very clear.
“She said, ‘You’re disgusting for wanting to carry on this farce of two mums,’” Kirsty told Kidspot. “I was so shocked I said nothing. I was silent. I was literally at my most vulnerable.”
Kirsty later filed a complaint against the midwife, and was told staff would undergo “ethics training”.
Kirsty hopes speaking out about her experience will highlight how important the vote to legalise same sex marriage is.
“I struggle to come terms with the fact that people would actually vote to stop Roz and I from being each other’s next of kin, from accessing our joint assets in the event that one of us dies,” she wrote.
“That people would prevent me from planning the funeral of my wife or that they would put either of us in the position where we might have to fight to keep our children together in the only home they’ve ever known if one of us is dead.
“I can’t even describe how it feels to know that my personal, intimate relationship is up for judgement by every adult I come across.
“I don’t want pity. I don’t want platitudes. I just want people to think clearly about what they’re doing to actual people when they engage with this.”
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