I was at a sporting event with my kids recently when I noticed a mother struggling with her toddler. This poor woman and child were squared off in a battle of the wills. From what I could gather, this mother was trying to get her 2-year-old to sit still through the entire event which, let’s face it, is something most adults can't do! This mother’s face was dripping in sweat and frustration (and a touch of embracement) as she attempted to subdue her daughter to fulfil a greater expectation that she and society had placed on them:
“You should be able to manage it all!”
In our culture the word “sex” is often twisted in interpretation to mean something shameful, dirty, carnal, or explicit however without sex our human species would cease to exist.
Sex is natural, normal, healthy and good. We like sex not because we are perverts or especially liberated, but because it is an essential part of the beautiful mosaic which is the human experience. This mosaic is made up of billions of sexual relationships, leading to the birth of babies and new families, which make up our communities - communities of humans who are each on their own journey looking to partner with someone else in love and sex and continue adding numbers to the greater picture.
In my industry, we talk a lot about “empowering women”. As doulas, it is our hope and goal that women have a good birth experience in which they feel safe, respected, and above all empowered - empowered to make decisions that are right for her particular needs and the needs of her baby, and empowered as a woman who does not simply “get through” a challenging experience, but rocks it!
"Guest" blog by Sarah Baker.
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