What is wilson silverleaf? We're organitarians; it's best for our bodies and the planet. We cloth diapered Nina for the same reason. We drive a hybrid car & wish we could afford solar panels on our house. I'm a strong advocate for homebirth, full-time mom, & also a movie junkie. We don't have a tv though; we watch dvds on our computer. We love contradancing. I garden & knit; Larry's a puzzle lover & plays fantasy football.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

What if

our language for childbirth changed? What if we started describing it as "powerful" instead of "painful?" How would that impact the way women and their doctors manage it? How would that impact how we as a society view it?


Elaine said...

Yeah, I've often wondered about that. Birthing was the most powerful experience of my life and after I couldn't understand why so many people feared it so greatly. Yes, there was pain. But it was powerful pain. It was amazing. I try to tell expectant mothers that all the time. I think they need to know.

enviromama said...

I completely concur with Elaine (and you, Lorien).

Amazing. Empowering. Life-changing.

ellie said...

As I remember it, giving birth was both powerful AND painful. There's no getting around it - I had back labor and God, it hurt. But that's not always a bad thing.