The idea for Rodilnitza was born after a few like minded women got together and realized the need for information in Bulgarian in regards to birth as a natural process in women’s life. We wanted a place where we could share in peace our quite differing from the status-quo views. A place where those who are going along the same path can find a community, be it online, where they could be understood and accepted.
The first event which we organized was the protest “Protest Against the Violence and Trampling over the Rights of Birthing Women in Bulgarian Hospitals”. We rolled sleeves and got to work from every corner of the world — Australia, Canada, Germany, Hungary, USA, New Zealand and of course Bulgaria — and from nothing in the space of around ten days we made the blog, publicized the event, the protest was held and attracted a considerable interest from the media. After that followed radio and TV interviews, as well as numerous articles in media publications. The protest note continues to be signed to this day.
The protest was a call for help. As we said there:
“We are not an organisation. We are not an association or a club. We are a group of women and mothers, which just happened to witness the story of this woman. We probably all know about the offenses, liberties and presumptions taken towards laboring women. But even so, this story demonstrates every kind of violence and abuse (both physical and psychological), which could happen to a woman in the hospital, so it left us terrified and shaken. We agreed we can’t just offer sympathy and virtual hugs and keep living our lives as if nothing happened. We want someone to scream from the top of their lungs, that such treatment is not and should not be acceptable, regardless of the circumstances.”
We have not abandoned the fight. The problem is still current and unfortunately will continue to be for a long time.
This blog/site, on the other hand, is for women from women with love. The articles written here are from different women with different experiences and views, but united in our goal to give women back the respect and belief in their own bodies. Because we are not broken, we are not fragile, we have no need of constant supervision from “professionals”, rather we are strong, healthy and we only need peace and security during the wondrous process of birth.
If you wish to browse the rest of the Rodilnitza website in English, please use the automatic translation provided here.