Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Each Day is History in the Making
One of my favorite shows is returning to PBS in the States for another season beginning this Sunday (March 30th). I'm talking about Call the Midwife. I love this show every bit as much as I love Downton Abbey, although they are nothing alike. I haven't yet read the books the show is based upon, but I do own them and they are rising to the top of my TBR shelf.
Why? you ask.
Archaic! Have I mentioned I'm claustrophobic? I took off a layer of skin fighting to get at least one hand through one of those straps, and I managed it too.
I was present for the births of three of my six grandchildren, and things had changed so much from my experience in the same hospital. Beautiful delivery suites that bear no resemblance to sterile operating rooms, although everything needed for the birth is there. Husbands and family members present and able to walk around with the mothers. Beds that adjust to whatever position the mother finds most comfortable. Even a jacuzzi tub!
The midwives of the 1950's believed they were giving the absolute best care to the women having babies. I'm sure the doctor and nurses who delivered my first child thought the same. But what will women in 2080 think of the care given and the methods used during deliveries in 2014? Will they apply the word archaic the way I did to my personal experience?
Hmm. I guess we forget that every day of our lives is history in the making.