Nice reading

What I am about to quote can be read in the book,”Living Inspired”, by Akiva Tatz.

Pregnancy proceeds gradually and predictably.  Then, like most ordeals and crises, labor occurs abruptly and is incomparable in intensity relative to the proceeding months.  Labor certainly does not seem to be a life-giving experience _ if one had no knowledge of human physiology and birth witnessed labor for the first time, he would be convinced that a disaster was taking place.  At the height of the labor, when superfically all looks worse, a child is born.  And only then does it become apparent that the entire process was birth, not the opposite.

The unborn child lives in a medium in which it is perfectly adapted_ submerged in liquid, with a blood circulation and other details of its physiology specific to its intra-uterine environment.  Its lungs are collapsed and non-functional, blood bypasses the lungs, the heart has openings between its chambers unlike an adult heart; in short, many of its features are radically different from those of a person already born.  But more than this, those features are life-sustaining in that environment and would be lethal in this one, and the features which are needed to sustain life here would be lethal there: truly a situation of opposites.

Then birth begins: a child perfectly adapted to one set of conditions is thrust into another set where death must be only minutes away _ this child has only the opposite of what it needs to survive!  And miraculously, within a few critical minutes, everything reverses!  “What is closed opens, and what is open closes”, states the gemara.  Almost instantaneously the lungs open and breath, blood is simultaneously routed to the lungs, blood pouring out of the umbilical vessels  are mysteriously arrested as those vessels powerfully constrict, and suddenly a child is alive in this world and perfectly adapted to it.

Birth is the symbol of all transitions, and teaches us to be sensitive in understanding them.

That is where the quote from the book ends here, but you can feel the miracle in it.  So why are so many interventions needlessly practiced in the hospitals?  Why must we ask for, sometimes plead, and at other times fight for delayed cord clamping, and other request in keeping with normal physiology, in the babies transition.  Why do the practitioners of medicine think they can improve the miracle by robbing the baby of his gentle nutritive transition?  I’ll leave them to answer the question…

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About Joyce Butler

Home birth midwife in Israel, focusing on areas in Jerusalem, Gush Etzion, Beit Shemesh and more.
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