Birth Day: "It was 20 years ago today…"

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Actually, my son turned 20 last month. But on his birthday, since he is a huge Beatles fan, I wrote on his birthday card “It was 20 years ago today that you were born (and Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play)”. Coming from his mom, I wasn’t sure what he would think, but he thought it was cool.

I just finished reading Birth Day by Mark Sloan, M.D. for my Silicon Valley Moms book club so giving birth is on my mind. For a non-fiction book about the history of childbirth, it was fascinating. I was especially able to enjoy Birth Day since I will not be going through another one again.

Almost all of the changes in giving birth that have occurred by now in the United States had come about by the time I gave birth to my sons. I was awake and I had an epidural (after a few hours of torturous pain first). I felt sick just reading about what women went through in earlier times.

There is one change that Dr. Sloan wrote about that has been gradually taking place since I’ve had my kids. That is the use of a Doula to help the woman through labor, instead of just her unprepared husband. I’ve been hearing about them here and there and I think the idea sounds great. The husband is still around, but doesn’t bear the coaching responsibility.

As much as I highly recommend Birth Day by Mark Sloan, M.D., if you are planning to have children soon, be careful about reading it. Reading about all the things that can go wrong during childbirth might not be the best thing to do at this time. However, when and if you do read it, you will learn more than you can imagine.

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