Natural Childbirth

I love The Onion Magazine‘s fake magazine covers. Thought this one was particularly relevant to us moms in the modern age!

The Onion Magazine cover

I remember being extremely idealistic about the childbirth process and wanted a natural birth. Obviously, living in Northern California, it is easy to get obsessed with that because everyone else is touting natural living. Unfortunately, my plans of having a water birth with the assistance of a Doula were dampened by my baby who decided to stay stubbornly in breech. My doctor tried external aversion therapy to turn him but he went right back. He’s a stubborn kind of fellow in general so, looking back, that should not have been a surprise. I ended up having a planned c-section! I was almost in tears when my doctor told me that was the only option remaining. In retrospect, I find my reaction then to be silly! Childbirth was just the beginning of a long endurance contest that is “child raising.” The mother’s body quickly recovers from the delivery but takes on even more beating during the first 3 years (and counting…???) of child rearing. Sweet god, will the sleepless nights ever end? Oh and not to mention breastfeeding!!! I did that for 15 months and hated every bit of it, primarily because I was pumping most of the time as my son weaned himself off earlier! I no longer want to be morally superior than my fellow mamas!

So what have I learnt from this? “Go with the flow!” I’m a perfectionist, so it’s extremely difficult for me to let go of my ideals but I’m learning to deal with the reality of parenting. The truth is nothing ever works like in the books but at the end what matters is having a healthy and happy family. So, my house is never perfect, my son doesn’t eat his veggies regularly and watches more TV than I would like, but somehow he’s growing like a weed and is always smiling (when not throwing tantrums)! What else can I ask for? 🙂

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08 2010

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  1. Amar #

    Wonderful last para. Lovely phrasing.

    “Watches more TV than I would like..”
    How true. We held out for a long, long time and though I hate to admit it, we got a bit smug about it. But now we’re fine with Gavin watching TV as long as we think it’s quality programming.
    So I say to G,

    Watch, dear child
    watch the flickering light
    and be mesmerised
    for your Papa needs time
    for a little while
    to slump in a chair
    in a quiet room
    and stare at the walls
    and reconnect with solitude
    – an old friend
    a friend he lost
    when he gained
    your magic presence

    As for the whole natural childbirth thing, yeah OK, so I’ll cop to wanting my wife to give birth to my progeny on her haunches, deep in the forests of Central America, surrounded by a tribe of wise Mayan shamans, a leather-skinned earth woman by her side, howling and dancing, invoking ancient spirits to coax the baby out. But finally I gave in and “settled” for a boring, run-of-the-mill hospital delivery. The kids are healthy so like you wrote, “what else can I ask for?”

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