For awhile now I’ve seen this picture floating around on Facebook…
Going to stop there and make a couple BIG disclaimers:
Disclaimer #1. In writing this I am not meaning anything against anyone who has posted this picture. A) Everyone has a right to share whatever they wish on Facebook, so even if it was something horribly offensive (which this is not) – oh well… I’ve moved on from worse things on there before lol. B) Because of the places/people I’ve seen this come from I feel pretty safe in guessing the spirit in which it was intended and it’s a good one.
Disclaimer #2. This is tied into point B above… Not only do I know most people sharing this picture are meaning it in a very empowering way, but I’m pretty sure it was made with that intention as well.
Anyways… That all being said, this picture has been bothering me for awhile and I finally pinpointed why.
Or at least I figured out what was bothering me beyond the obvious.
On a personal level I had no problem figuring out what bothered me about it. I’m here preparing for another painfree (naturally painfree) birth. Part of this includes avoiding things that undermine that, like drama filled tv shows showing a woman screaming her bloody head off… While not quite as bad as that (LOL) this does that to an extent too. But as I mentioned in my disclaimer (or hinted at rather) I’m not about to tell someone not to post something they believe in, like or whatever on Facebook. Not cool. Deep breath, find my happy place if I need to and move on.
But there was something else nagging at me beyond that… and I finally figured out what it is!
It makes it sound impossible. The human body can only bear up to so much pain, but childbirth equals more… Ignoring personal beliefs about pain and childbirth, and the fact that its supposed to be about how strong mothers are, to me it comes across as seeming like something we can’t do on our own or would be silly to try. Maybe I’m just being cynical lol… but that’s the impression it gives me. And writing that out, I guess that does tie into my first reason a bit… expands on it maybe? I don’t know… I’m babbling at this point lol.
Feel free to disagree 😉 or give any other thoughts… Pulling it apart and thinking about it from different angles has kinda helped me on this one. Still not crazy about it, but at least I can look at it more objectively now.