By Grantly Dick-Read
Groundbreaking vintage of typical childbirth, which begun the revolution nonetheless happening this present day. worthwhile analyzing for girls, pregnant girls, moms, midwives, obstetricians.
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Which was primary and which was secondary? Happily my own environment and the associations of my home had given me the privilege of knowing motherhood at its best. I had seen that unshakable faith in the power of love which met the tribulations and tragedies of life with a calm and courageous strength. As a young man motherhood was to me a holy estate, the mysteries of which were only shared by those who had endured. Perhaps nature designed a tenderness in man in order that he might protect the defenceless bearer of the young.
In due course, the baby was born. There was no fuss or noise. Everything seemed to have been carried out according to an ordered plan. There was only one slight dissension: I tried to persuade my patient to let me put the mask over her face and give her some chloroform when the head appeared and the dilatation of the passages was obvious. She, however, resented the suggestion and firmly but kindly refused to take this help. It was the first time in my short experience that I had ever been refused when offering chloroform.
Perhaps in modern life this may represent a relatively unobtainable ideal, but even today, is there any happiness that can be compared with that of a woman with her small babies? Is there any love so unselfish and so inspiring as the love of a mother for her child? To healthy-minded women it is the realisation of their highest ambition, the fulfilment of their instinctive urge and the ultimate perfection of their bodily functions. But we cannot think of motherhood only in terms of its satisfactory completion.