Wednesday, April 30, 2008

What Obscenity and Labor and Delivery have in common.

Anyone who has been pregnant can tell you that braxton hicks (false) contractions, and real contractions are very different. They will also tell you that at the time they are happening, telling which is which is hard to do. Braxton Hicks Contractions can be just as uncomfortable, sometimes rhythmic, sometimes just wierd.

I'm having braxton hicks contractions. At least thats what i think is happening. I don't KNOW, even though this is my second child. I don't remember what "contractions" felt like with Cora before they gave me pitosin. I don't even remember what they felt like afterwards. The bliss of motherhood is that you DON'T remember. Either that or its the method by which the Divine manages to repopulate the earth.

This is where Obscenity first enters our otherwise calm conversation. A very famous Supreme Court Judge stated that the one and only way to tell what material was considered Obscene was to look at it, or in the case of video, experience it. "I'll know it when I see it." or some other glib quote has produce a slew of court cases where in Judges get to sit in their private chambers and watch the bowels of our society.

True labor is much like that, minus of course the privacy part, but plus a large quantity of physical and mental discomfort. When it happens you WILL know its true labor. Of course, I'm voting for it happening as late as possible now, as to the discomfort that the false labor has already given me.

Actually there is alot of material that is not obscene about labor and delivery. Graphic though it is, there are definate scientific and health benefits associated with its dissemination. Of course this does not include comments made by the deliverer (woman in pain) to the excited father. Those usually should not be remembered or shared. I wonder if they have a class on that in Obstetric or obstetric nursing?

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