How Childbirth Choices Have Changed

Women know more now, but does that make it any easier?

Catherine Oceano
Fourth Wave
Published in
6 min readApr 4, 2024

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A drawing of a baby’s head sketched from above shows the roundness of a blond-headed infant surrounded by the hands that look as if they are those of someone delivering the baby.
Original art created by Laura Gilbert, the author’s daughter-in-law. With permission. Photo taken by author

I’ve been reading a book. Fiction, but one that uses reality as its base. Beginning with the women of a family in the early 1900’s, it follows several mothers in the generations that follow. One element that is striking but not surprising is the lack of knowledge they have about the process of creating a baby…

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Catherine Oceano
Fourth Wave

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