Tuesday, July 25, 2006

"How can a man possibly understand the joy of unmedicated childbirth?"

Sometimes, all you can do is laugh.

I saw this statement on homebirth advocacy website, chastising the author of an article questioning why women might refuse pain relief in labor, and I have seen it quoted approvingly on other websites within the past day. Doesn't anyone see the irony?

Natural childbirth advocacy is a creation of MEN! Only a man could come up with the idea that labor pain is good thing. Consider:

Grantly Dick-Read
Michel Odent
Fernand Lamaze
Frederick LeBoyer
Robert Bradley

It is not the least bit surprising to me that men could create a theory that pain is good for women. What is more than a bit ironic is that women (natural childbirth advocates) would accept indocrination in what they are "supposed" to feel from people who never have and never could experience labor.

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