On Having Babies

I read this interesting article at Canada.com this morning. There is also a forum discussion. The article is about the new 3-D ultrasound technology and the advancements made in birthing technology.
I wouldn't know.
I had a midwife and opted to forego an ultrasound.
But I love how the article begins, tongue firmly planted in cheek.
It will come as a surprise to Mother Nature, but having babies these days is a much more complicated thing than it used to be... Like booking the day we're going to give birth by caesarean section, so as to avoid that pesky painful vaginal delivery or allow for precise scheduling of that kitchen renovation. So intent are we on controlling the birth date, and the method of delivery, that the average gestation period for an American baby is now 39 weeks, one week shy of nature's time-tested 40-week gestation. And forget the is-it-a-boy-or-a-girl surprise of yore: we now have ways of finding out our baby's sex before it's born, including gender-testing blood sampling kits available on the Internet. And then there's our fascination with what's going on inside the uterus while junior is developing...
As I was reading this, I was struck by a thought. Fascination with fetal development aside, relative to 100 years ago, women now have more abortions, fewer children, less child rearing experience as they are growing up and spend less time with their children once they are born. Ironically, we also spend cash up the yin yang on gadgets to keep our babies safe and are required to keep our kids in car seats until they are 8years old and/or 100lbs. (As an aside, I just want to say that a 100lbs 8 year old is a HUGE kid. I was nowhere near that size at 8, and was out of a carseat by the time I was 4. One wonders why no law was enacted to make cars safer...)
It's like our children have become some sort of extremely expensive hobby.
Maybe if people had more children and not less they would start to realize that all the crap we think we need to have, isn't really necessary.
Not that I would presume to know ;-)


Joanne (True Blue) said...

"It's like our children have become some sort of extremely expensive hobby."

Exactly. It's all about the adults, with no thought to the tiny lives they may decide at their whim to keep or snuff out.

funkmeister said...

We also used a mid-wife, it was a great experience. I wish our beloved Canadian Healthscare covered it.

I like to think that some people view their children as "science experiments"...where you attempt to breed an Einstein.

Anyhow, this is off topic, but my wife had an ultra-sound in front of a class of about twenty 16yr olds. The purpose was to promote some awareness of the yet-to-be born. At the time our daughter was about 16 wks. It was amazing that none of the teenagers realized that the baby was already quite developed. They figured it was just a lump of flesh - not a baby with fingers, toes, a nose, eyes and ears.

It had a pretty powerful effect on them.

vicki said...

Ultrasounds are being used in the states to help prevent abortions...seeing is believing.
good thoughts there ruth...children have become a projects(parents need to be graded..??)and I think there is an element of trying to have a sense of control..ie..parents want to have just the right number at the right time and make all the right plans,and produce the right child...I hope they soon relax and enjoy.

Anonymous said...

Parents need to be graded???

You are seriously scary now.

Holy hell, someone who is against car seats for over-weight babies is suddenly going after a "sense of control?"

Just relax and enjoy; "you'll feel a little pin-prick..."

You are out to lunch. I bet you got all lathered cuz some 63 year old woman decided to have a child. Wasn't there a woman in the Bible who waited far beyond the norm for a child? Oh wait, was that another unassailable and perfect conception? Nothing to do with modern-day people, even Christians.

Relax and enjoy. That's about the only real thing you said your whole post.

Ruth said...

What can I say to Mr. Anonymous but that an 8 year old is not a baby.
There's no point responding to anything else. Your incoherent stupidity (and believe me, that has to be the dumbest, most incoherent, most random comment I have ever seen) speaks for itself.

vicki said...

Well ruth...glad you said that..it is your blog!
When I said 'parents need to be graded', I should have said it seems parents 'have a need' to be graded, or want to keep up with others...a competetive undertone.
The most relaxed parents are the best...they are sure of their principles and relax and enjoy their kids.
"car seats"...???

Anonymous said...

You should have seen the e-mail Mom sent me about the kids who were born in the 70's and earlier. Here's a small clip:
"We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this. We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!"

What in the world are people thinking today?

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