My Au Pair is on vacation this week. Miami. Lucky girl. After a week of unremitting motherhood I have found myself saying to my children things I swore I would never say. Like “Because I said so!” and “Enough is enough!”. My kids are six years old and under, so perhaps such non-logic works. Unfortunately, I sometimes find myself wanting to say the same things about to fully grown adults.
A few days ago WBUR.org (Oh, my beloved NPR, how could you!) published a piece about the so-called “Home birth Caesarean Section”, otherwise known as “Holy %$^&# there a big problem, call a doctor!”. (http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2015/03/what-to-expect-when-youre-birthing-at-home-a-c-section-possibly#more-49283) It seems that women, wanting an “ideal” home birth and finding themselves or their babies in dire straights, need years of therapy to assuage the guilt, shame and terror that accompanies transfer to an hospital and the subsequent medical interventions that save the lives of themselves and their offspring.
People, women used to die in droves while undergoing “ideal”, “natural” childbirth. The reason they don’t anymore is not because midwives and doulas have perfected breathing techniques and patented birthing benches. It is because of science and medicine. The anti-vaccine movement is a parallel example. Children don’t die in droves anymore from measles; why? Medicine and science.
Enough is enough! Science is not the enemy. Doctors are not out to ruin your beautiful, natural, organic lives. Use the advances that scientists and doctors have worked so hard to discover and develop. All our lives are immeasurably easier because of what these men and women have done. Do what we say, because we say so, just every once in awhile. Please.