I am going to be a part of a panel in Aug discussing birth culture among the LDS community. I'm a bit nervous for this as I am very non-confrontational. This panel will stretch me I think. The topic is "NATURAL CHILDBIRTH: THE
CONTEMPORARY MORMON WOMEN’S
NATURAL RESPONSE: “NO WAY!”"
This panel will discuss why contemporary
Mormon women have such strong feelings about
this topic, how it defines the beginning of our
journeys as mothers, how it might reflect LDS
dependence on male authority figures in our decision-
making, and the diminishing importance of
midwifery roles within the LDS community from
the early Pioneer days when they were held in
such spiritual esteem.
Up until then, I might use this blog as a way to get my own thoughts out about this. So, for those who are less religiously inclined, pardon my sidetrack as my own religious thoughts will be poured out here...as well as how that relates to how I view childbirth.
First off, I'm not sure I agree entirely with the thoughts presented here, but I do find them interesting. I would love to hear from others (LDS or not), about how religion has played a part in their birth decisions. So stay tuned:)....