Birth, for the modern human, is not without difficulty.
Does it all come down to luck,
or is it a matter of Good Management?
or could it be something else?
While pregnant you may find yourself chatting to your growing bump, maybe even singing. Have you considered reading to your bump?
This is a really interesting question.
My first response is: a couple of years.
In my own experience and in observing other mothers, the weaning process seems to take years. Not days or weeks. Years.
'Self Care', OR 'FITTING YOUR OWN MASK FIRST' is the catch cry of the modern woman. We are expected to have it all, to do it all, all the while the menfolk are not under this pressure. This blog post offers you an insightful TEDTALK that may just blow your mind! It addresses the balance of 'needs' and 'wants' when dealing with our children. I also offer you further resources to help you explore this new way of thinking.
If you birthed away from home, were you offered the placenta?
Did you know you could request it?
Humans are mammals, animals. Birth is a natural biological event. So it should be easy right? And we don't deserve a pat on the back for such a basic function? It would be like getting a gold sticker for shitting in the potty.
And yet, we -the humans- do not experience childbirth like other mammals. Other primates have an easier time of it than us. So why is human birthing so difficult? Why do so many view it as dangerous and why have we developed entire industries devoted to reproductive management?
Whilst some would dismiss the amazing reproductive abilities of human females as 'just biology', others declare it dangerous and beyond the capabilities of women, requiring interventions and management. So what is the deal? Is human birth dangerous? have we evolved beyond ourselves? Is that even possible?
Selected Articles by Catherine around the web:
bellabirth.wordpress.com | evolutionary parenting | pregnancy.com.au |
| birth without fear | newborn mothers | PBBMedia |