Watching Birth

The New York Times recently had an article on the inclination that many women of childbearing years have to seek out, and watch, births.

This inclination is a natural, almost instinctual, reaction. Women were made to give birth and women were made to understand birth, helping other women prepare for and give birth.

It is hard wired into our make-up, stitched into our primitive minds, that birth is natural, normal, and good.

Years and years ago, women used to help other women give birth. Birth was in the hands of other women and it was understood that it was women's work.

Then, something happened... and women forgot how to birth instinctively... That, I believe, is why now, when it is available, women gravitate toward good birth stories full of beauty, power, and our bodies abilities - that instinct is still there, lying dormant through all of the statistics and horror stories.

Just a small reminder to gear us up for The birth of Amerlyn Grace.


Monica said...

I really enjoy your blog, and love your post today. I'm not a doula, or a midwife or super involved in the birth community. But having had the only three children I plan to have and knowing that my birthing days are over, I find I miss it so much. I LOVE birth and love being around women who celebrate it. It's a part of who I am. I wish it was a more natural North American tradition to be surrounded by women when we birth.

Have you been following the pregnancy and home birth on Pacing the Panic Room (http://www.pacingthepanicroom.blogspot.com/)? If not it's worth a look/read.

Anonymous said...

I have been wanting to watch the birth of Amerlyn Grace for some time now. I follow the mother's photography (www.pinkletoes.com) and love her stuff... this was a wonderful birth!


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