|I started wondering what happens in birth? Are female attendants favored? What happens if a male doctor is used, does the mother remained covered during the birth?
--Yes, muslim women should have midwives or female attendants for their births and some scholars say she should also have homebirths in order to avoid exposing herself to others unnecessarily (including women)...
*however*, the commandment to cover is not so strict that even in emergencies a woman cannot uncover. if i have a deep cut on my ear or neck or thigh that requires medical attention and the only one in the ER or whatever is a male well i have to expose that part in order to be treated...however that does nto mean if i'm giving birth that i take off my headscarf, if it's a male doctor. You only expose what "needs" to be exposed.
(the principle is that you must do everything u can to avoid working with a male ob/doctor/nurses whatever but if u have tried all other ways and you *need* his service then it's permissible)
when i had my dd i had my long scarf to the waist on the entire time while in labour, we tried sooo hard during the pregnancy to get a midwife but they wouldnt take us cuz we lived in another city so we ended up with a male ob who would NOT look at me while 'checking' and i made it clear i dont shake hands while greeting and i made him knock on the door before coming in the room
when the doc was goin to come in while i was pushing i told the nurses to tell him to wait (LOL) and had them make sure my tummy, thighs, feet, EVERYTHING was covered...
soya this is longwinded but it's obvious that it should be females attending to female patients just as males who have medical issues see male doctors unless there's no other way
p.s. about the breastfeeding. not sure but i dont think she meant her breast would be exposed while nursing in public if she's so careful to cover when leaving the home. I also cover head to toe and nurse "in public" but she's in the sling with my scarf over her or my hijab covering her entirely so i'm never exposed...