“Giving birth can make a perfectly dignified woman walk naked in front of strangers, threaten to murder her husband, or tell a nurse to stuff it. Women have tolerated unnatural labor positions, ‘little snips,’ humiliating enemas, unnecessary shavings, dangerous instruments, embarrassing hospital gowns, and tight labor schedules for hundreds of years. They’ve been told to pant like dogs, deliver under water, bounce on balls, let doulas draw pretty pictures on their backs, listen to classical music, and burn scented candles. They’ve been primed to ask for that year’s drug of choice.
“Twilight Sleep is in. Twilight Sleep is out. Forceps are in. Forceps are out. Episiotomies are in. Episiotomies are out. What is state of the art one year is outmoded and unfathomable the next, leaving us to laugh at the hocus pocus, marvel at how mothers are thrilled by some new ‘easy’ way, or recoil in horror at the damage done.”
~ “Birth: The Surprising History of How We are Born” by Tina Cassidy
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