Pregnancy is often treated as a medical condition in our society. After a woman becomes pregnant, a doctor will look upon her condition as being fraught with risks and perils. When I became pregnant, my doctor (a woman) happily informed me about all of the drugs she wanted to inject into my system to help me along with my pregnancy. First, she wanted me to take anti-nausea medication to alleviate my discomfort. This was despite the fact that I was gaining weight at a healthy pace and the baby was healthy. Second, she talked about how necessary certain medical interventions would be during labor–like epidurals and pitocin. She also gleefully told me about how fun a c-section could be. Women have been delivering babies safely into the world for thousands of years. Despite the fact that the United States has one of the most advanced medical systems in the world, the United States has a relatively high infant mortality rate. The excessiveness of medical interventions is not helping pregnant women in this country. If anything, the excess of the interventions harm women and their babies.
While the medical community looks upon pregnancy as a condition fraught with peril and risk, pregnancy is the most natural state for a woman. It is a wonderful, blessed state. At the moment of conception, a woman’s body becomes the temple through which her child will grow, mature, and eventually enter into the world. During pregnancy, a woman looks upon her body differently compared to other stages in her life. A mother’s body is now the spiritual and nutritional support for her growing baby. Once a woman gets over nausea, food tastes better during pregnancy. A woman is often inspired to be more connected to the husband and father of her child during the course of pregnancy. It is during pregnancy that the young bride “comes into her own.” She is no longer the scared maiden, wondering what will become of her. Rather, she is the source of life and light in the world. Now, her husband and child come to her for nourishment.
Women have been taught by the corporate world and the feminist movement to embrace the masculine notions of power–titles, accolades, and salary advances. There is nothing wrong with such a quest, and I have embarked on this quest myself. There is much fun that can be found in winning a case or landing a new client. Compared to the joy of bringing new life into the world, the corporate world is a pale ghost. Men strive for corporate success because the joy of success is the only joy a man will know. For a woman, the joy of spiritually and physically growing a child in her womb is the most powerful and mystical experience. Once a woman embarks on such a journey, she will never see her life in the same light ever again.
While the western world makes every effort to avoid pregnancy through creative birth control arrangements and while the corporate world convinces women that childbirth should be put off until a woman has finally “cracked the class ceiling,” childbirth is something that should be encouraged, not discouraged. In some ways, childbirth could inspire the corporate woman to achieve things she would not have achieved otherwise on her own. The love that a woman has for her husband transforms a woman. This love inspires her to reach for new goals in the business world and is also the inspiration for the love growing in her womb. A woman should not fear such a powerful love. Rather, she should allow the powerful mystery of love to transform her into the woman she was always meant to be.