ACK! I know I just raved up Jezebel in an earlier post today, but they gone and pissed me right off. How? By posting an article about how the pain of labor is pointless. I mean, who would want to be PHYSICALLY AWARE of pushing out new life? Wouldn't it just be much better if all of your natural responses just shut down for this brief moment in your life?
Not only have they done zero research on the subject, which is obvious (and I have thank you very much!), but they only go off one ridiculous study that they don't even link to and the notion that all pain is bad. Here's my PO'ed comment:
I'm sorry, but this is complete BS! The pain of labor is a natural part of the muscle movement and subsequent information-relaying to the brain required to move the baby down the birth canal - it's just the same only worse as period cramps, which also are a result of a PERFECTLY NORMAL BODILY FUNCTIONS. Just because you don't like it, doesn't make it unnecessary. The pain women feel in labor is part of their body preparing their child for living in the world outside the placenta: labor gives babies head massages during the labor that help prepare them for breathing oxygen and move fluid out of their lungs. When you remove the pain from the labor, women's bodies become confused and have much more problems with moving the child down the canal. That's why so many women stop labor after having epidurals and then have to have their labor re-started by doctors. Pain is just a part of life. Get over it.I can't stand people being stupid about the female body and its functions, especially when no one thinks it's even important to teach women what's actually going on down there.
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