Bulged Bellies, Silenced Screams; (in)visible aspects of pregnancy in Iran
Dr Mohammad Hossein B. JahromiZoom
In a society where women's voices had been silenced behind oppressive traditional norms and restrictive social orders, and even bodies have been denied in the thick veils of religious hijab, the invisible bodies find a chance of emergence as they get pregnant. The bulging bellies, both literally and figuratively, break the boundaries of tradition and social convention to draw attention to themselves as alive social subjectivities. Iranian women seize such opportunities and attract attention during the pregnancy. In fact, these bellies have unveiled unheard voices.
The implementation of forbidding men from OB/GYN residency program policy, on the other hand, which have come across with a uni-gender atmosphere legitimized by the Islam and Shia Fiqh, turned the OB Labour space into a complete elimination of men. The masculine exclusion, although gradually but totally, led to the state of social denial of delivery in Iran. An oppressive cultural ignorance in which no discourses are acceptable. Metaphorically, turned the OB Delivery table into a place of shame for mothers and the blames; where each stage of labor became a place to confess. The pain that the invisible systems of power have denied and the ban on accompanying men have also become a disaster.