Reading an article on the BBC website yesterday I found myself wondering just what Dr Denis Walsh, associate professor in midwifery at Nottingham University is taking.
The pain of childbirth may have benefits on which women who opt for painkilling epidurals miss out, a senior male midwife has said.
Dr Denis Walsh, associate professor in midwifery at Nottingham University, said pain was a “rite of passage” which often helped regulate childbirth.
He said it helped strengthen a mother’s bond with her baby, and prepared her for the responsibility of motherhood.
Dr Walsh is male. So has no real concept of the pain of childbirth. The biology is a bit different, I can’t see anywhere where the child would gestate or emerge. Not without irretrievably splitting something.
I asked a few women who have had children for their thoughts on Dr Walsh’s opinions. None of the responses I received were particularly complimentary. Can’t say I blame them. When I had my shoulder smashed the only things that kept me sane even though they didn’t kill all of the pain and it was excruciatingly painful were painkillers.
One friend spake forth in no uncertain terms. What she said left my eyes watering…
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