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February 19, 2007

A Child is Born

Either you have been there or you have not. Certainly the movies I saw 15 years or so ago when I was receiving emergency medical training did not do a lot to prepare me for the real thing. Nor the reading we did, nor the advice we received. Not that it wasn’t all very helpful, it was (and some of it was very interesting; for example, I never realized that the baby plays a very active roll in the birth, it’s not simply being passively squeezed out), but nothing can really prepare you.

It didn’t take too long, the entire process, and it wasn’t too short either. Of course I wasn’t the one suffering through it so it’s not for me to say, but I was glad it didn’t go too quickly, that there was time to see it progressing, to try to cope with what was happening. I am even more glad that it wasn’t overshadowed by a reasonable expectation that either wife or baby or both would not make it as was the case in earlier times and still is in many places even today. All things considered we had it, and have it, very easy.

Posted by talia at February 19, 2007 7:13 PM