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 ;-)