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This was a comment I received in the Ecstatic Birth post. It is so beautiful, so perfect, I had to highlight it here. The comment was anonymous.
Thank you, anonymous, for your perfect words.
Today I received the latest module on Midwifery and Research. We are to learn all about research methodologies etc. and then review several research papers in "respected OB journals."
It just didn't make sense to me. Nothing about these "studies" is real! They are all staged in some way, even if minor.
Birth cannot be researched. It can be observed and tons and tons of anecdotal information can be gleened, but I truly, truly do not believe that a process that in itself is miraculous and is as varied as snowflakes or thumbprints, can ever, ever be controlled and can thereby not be "studied." There will always be exceptions to the rules...thank the goddess.
The downside is that unless something is supported by a "controlled study" it seems to have no validity in the scientific world, which we are more and more becoming.
I'm just one of the odd ducks that believes in the mystery of life and tired of arguing about it.
So, I have gradually stopped trying to convince others so hard and just hope that they stumble on the beauty of it all in spite of the many obstacles thrown in the way.