Saturday, July 08, 2006
Numbed Down Thinking
I had a great conversation yesterday with a local homebirth midwife. We chatted a while about how midwifery has changed and how it has changed us. It made me think about my book in a larger context. What I'm really trying to communicate to women are the psycho-social, and spiritual "side effects" of drugs and technology in birth. When I worked at an inner-city teaching hospital, where women were basically just fodder for learning students and baby docs, they seemed like sheep being led to the slaughter. But later, when I went to work at suburban middle class hospitals, the women seemed only all the more eager to hand themselves over to the pharmaco-technocratic process. What has happened to us in only 30-40 years time? This generation seems so shut down, so turned off to thier bodies. I can't imagine wanting to be numb from the waist down for any experience in my life, let alone the births of my babies. Numb from the waist down? This generation of women seems to be numb from the head down. Our generation has not done its job. If we had, our daughters would know better. Those of us with stories worth tellling, had better start telling them.