Sunday, March 7, 2010
Stand and Deliver
We were having dinner with three other couples from my church the other day. The hosts were a sweet young couple having their first baby. After dinner we played a pictionary type 'parlor game' that involved drawing a picture of a woman having a baby. I was very proud that my husbnd drew a picture of a woman giving birth standing upright! When I pointed out his drawing in contrast to everyone elses of a prone woman with legs elevated, the hostess asked, if that's the best way to give birth, why is it done lying down? When I said for careprovider convenience, I got dead silence. I dread conversations about birth anymore. I never say what people want to hear. It's all bad news. A couple of weeks ago when I asked a co-worker how his baby's birth went (I need to stop asking that question), he gleefully told me all about his wife's induction and how wonderful the whole thing was. I smiled politely and nodded. I can't speak nicely about birth, and I can't write nicely about it either.