The letter, with a thousand other testimonies, was sent for the Croatian Parliament to read on Monday, October 15, 2018:
“After waiting 14 hours for a normal delivery, getting an erroneous epidural injection, and a drip as well (for the birth to be maximally natural – 39 weeks and five days, I was a textbook pregnancy, the head of the child presenting downwards) and admonitions to be calm because it was impossible it could be hurting me, after the child’s heart on CTG was beating slowly, they sent me for an emergency caesarean, where I shrieked I was in pain, and the anaesthesiologist and her nurse sneered at me because it was impossible, and after a second cut and a renewed shriek they put me under general anaesthetic. After that, they put the child to my breast and the next day the baby was 0-24 in the ward because this was a child-friendly hospital. The nurses at once told me that I had to lift up the child and put it to the breast. They did not show me how. They repeated I had to get up and lift the baby. With a fresh 18-cm cut, this was fairly hard. It hurt me, I hadn’t slept for forty hours. And at my request for them to take the child from 12 noon to 5 oć clock, the nurse in the paediatric ward said to me: Ah, her ladyship would like to nap for a while? She came at 1 and brought the child back at 4.
You are expected to know everything, they show nothing, and everything is forced on you until you have a breakdown. What kind of a mother are you if you don’t nurse?
Sv. Duh Hospital #PrekinimoŠutnju [#BreaktheSilence] 2018
The work Milk symbolises the extravagant love and also the current experience of a mother in Croatia. It also provides a symbolic insight into the perverted manner in which a woman’s body is treated. The first food of the newborn child, unaware of its surroundings and itself, is the milk of its mother. The work takes up the issue of the position of the mother who is forced to comply with the structure of a template be complete and accepted by society.