The Labour Room Petition

7:00 AM

1.  PIHAK HOSPITAL WAJIB memelihara aurat dan maruah pesakit WANITA dalam apa jua keadaan sepanjang dirawat di hospital.
2.  WAJIB mendahulukan doktor WANITA dan semua rawatan terutama di bilik bersalin dan wad wanita.
3.  Pihak Hospital/doctor/nurse/kakitangan TIDAK mengambil mudah dalam soal AURAT seorang muslimah dalam proses kelahiran.

OLEH YANG DEMIKIAN, KAMI MENGGESA DAN MENCADANGKAN;
1.      KERAJAAN MENGUBAL DASAR HANYA DOKTOR/NURSE WANITA DIBENARKAN BERTUGAS DI BILIK BERSALIN DAN WAD BERSALIN. 
2.      KEMENTERIAN KESIHATAN MENINGKATKAN JUMLAH DOKTOR WANITA DAN BIDAN/NURSE WANITA DI BIDANG ATAU JABATAN OBSTETRIK DAN GINOKOLOGI (O&G) 
3.      KEMENTERIAN KESIHATAN MEMBERI INSENTIF BERBENTUK KENAIKAN PANGKAT, KENAIKAN GAJI ATAU GRED ATAU APA-APA YANG DIFIKIRKAN LAYAK DAN SESUAI KEPADA DOKTOR DAN NURSE WANITAYANG DITUGASKAN ATAU BERTUGAS DI UNIT O&G SERTA TIDAK MEMBERIKAN APA-APA INSENTIF KEPADA DOKTOR LELAKI YANG (SEKIRANYA PERLU) BERTUGAS DI O&G.
4.      MENINGKATKAN KEFAHAMAN DIKALANGAN KAKITANGAN PERUBATAN BERKAITAN HUKUM AURAT SEMASA BERSALIN.


This is a copy of a petition by a group of AURAT DEFENDERS. I have read quite a few responses from other fellow medical officers.

In my opinion….I AGREE………….hah, mesti terkejut badak!


I agree in principal. It IS a noble effort, but the way they MENGGESA is disappointing. I am sure any decent lady would not want to expose their private parts to other men except their spouse. I think this applies to Muslims and non-Muslims. It is human nature for ladies to be malu. It IS the way forward and an effort is necessary to achieve this balance. Hopefully one day there will be adequate numbers of doctors to serve male and female patients…however, that day is NOT TODAY.

The reasons for “NOT TODAY” has been discussed by these two wonderful doctors, with more experience, and being ladies themselves, offer better perspective. Please read their blog post:


O&G was scary for me. Extended until proven otherwise.

I remember when I was a houseman, some of my non medical friends would ask me how it was like to see patient’s private parts in labour.

“I feel nothing. What I feel is a desire to complete my job the best I can. I just want to make sure that my patient goes through labor without any complications and if complications do arise, I will identify those complications and inform my superiors. If the mother and baby survives I have fulfilled my objective.”

The only beauty is being able to understand what mothers go through during labour. Pain score of 10/10 is for sissies…..mothers experience pain score of 12/10. And nothing beats delivering a healthy baby, crying their hearts out. All these babies are beautiful, regardless of race or religion. It made me value life and my wife and kids.

To mothers-to-be

“Pelihara lah aurat mu di kala kamu sihat, nescaya aurat mu akan terpelihara ketika sakit”

I am unable to verify where this sentence came from but I heard it on radio. Do not restrict yourself to covering your aurat only when being examined by doctors but in your daily practice as well. Islam is a way of life.

During physical examination by doctors, you just need to expose a certain portion. You don’t have to expose any extra parts. Please emphasize on this.

Standard operating procedure requires a chaperone or teman se-jantina during examination do request for one when a male doctor is attending to you. It is your right to request for a female doctor but if there are none around at the time, please be prepared to wait or not receive treatment. What you can do is just ask……NICELY and POLITELY.

To fathers-to-be

If you really are concerned about your wife’s aurat, please ensure that they cover their aurat appropriately and most importantly YOURS too. There shouldn’t be any double standards. 

And if possible, do be there for your wife. Labour is a difficult process and it is best to endure it with your wife. Be there for her and be there to azan or iqamat your child. Please don’t demand unnecessarily with harsh languages. Be a good example as a Muslim gentleman. If the attending doctor is a non Muslim and don’t understand the concept or aurat, please educate them nicely.

To medical staff

It is the patient’s right to request a female doctor or attendant. If it can be met, just acknowledge their request. Try put yourselves in their shoes. Don’t….

“Ish, ini pun nak mintak. Bukan bukan la…pok pek pok pek, gossip gossip” (selalu berlaku di labour room)

Berbuih mulut but nothing gets done. If patients ask nicely, it is only right that we respond nicely.

I guess that’s it from MOfrust.
Takut nak tulis panjang panjang, nanti banyak backlash….maklumlah, saya ni masih mentah (please refer to comment on previous post).



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3 comments

  1. Bace.. bace.. then.. aik? dh abes? ---> frust....

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  2. 'Hats off' to all doctors and medical staffs out there. I know you guys struggle so much day by day in entertaining the people. In the matter of Aurat, some of us being so JUMUD as if there is no toleration in Islam. I understand the need of Maqasid and based on that, life if not a simple matter. Then, why bother with these kind of thing when you got life to secure? As a lady, I also went through the stage like this because I don't really get the total understanding on the matter of Aurat and Maqasid before. But as time goes by, with the proper understanding, Aurat matter can be put aside a while when its needed ie emergency. The most essential thing here is to educate the public on this matter. Perhaps, MOF can take initiative to create sort of campaign, posters or what ever to tell the people on how to handle this conflict.

    Have a nice day :)

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