Andrea Schwartz has a fantastic two-part series up on His Heartbeat for Women. Here are samples from each:
Far from being a neutral area of life, the issues of labor and delivery, and the customary practices routinely followed, will either reflect the wisdom of God’s created order or they will reflect a humanistic makeover of that order. Too few prospective parents have examined these issues from the Word of God and have uncritically assumed the validity of letting modern medical science practitioners make decisions for them, usually within a framework that sees childbirth as pathology rather than a reflection of God’s creative wisdom. To fully bring all areas of life and thought under the dominion of Jesus Christ, we need to recover a better-informed Biblical mindset concerning childbirth so that family prerogatives aren’t surrendered to approaches that may be inconsistent with God’s Word….
It appears that many women continue to be deceived by humanistic medical criteria in the very midst of fulfilling their respective callings to be mothers. Many mothers-to-be today buy into modern medicine’s disdain for God’s natural, physiological processes, and in essence agree that God’s design is inherently defective. Systematic deceptions under color of medical authority include its glowing characterization of the travesty of abortion. So many women are grossly deceived when it comes to believing the lie that abortion is safe, easy, and will allow them to get on with the rest of their lives without any negative consequences. The medical profession has made a practice of telling women what they wish to hear.
Read all of Part I HERE.
From Part II:
Why have Western women seemingly lost the ability to proceed through labor and delivery without medical interventions when women from less medically advanced cultures seem to glide through the process? Could it be that with the humanistic thrust that has dominated the West, with science determining there is no longer any need for God and His Word, that women have become convinced that their bodies are incapable of doing precisely that task God has designed them to do? From a Biblical point of view, childbirth cannot as a rule be seen as a pathology that demands massive intervention, but rather as a God-ordained process through which the command to be fruitful and multiply is to be fulfilled.
When people put their trust in materialistic philosophies in opposition to the triune God and fail to acknowledge the supremacy of Scripture over every activity and segment of life, the results are sure to be detrimental.
Read the rest HERE. As someone who has been blessed to enjoy the midwifery model of care for all my children’s births, I am extremely thankful for a mother who brought me up to approach childbirth with joy and to study the God-designed biology of birth from age 14 on. It is an incredible gift to grow up with a positive understanding of the birth process and head into delivery armed with this knowledge. Emergency interventions are just that–for emergencies. We can thank God for skilled doctors and hospitals for the difficult births. But it’s so important not to anticipate trouble when there isn’t any. Moms, equip your daughters to understand and welcome pregnancy and birth. Make it a point to collect resources like Shonda Parker’s Naturally Healthy Pregnancy and Doran Richards’s Celebration of Pregnancy and Maidens by His Design. Talk to other Christian women who have a positive, healthy outlook on birth and glean their wisdom. You will be so glad you did.