As a guy, I've never really put a lot of thought into the process of birth. As far as I understood it, you went to the hospital, there was a lot of screaming and yelling, and then the baby came out. The readings for this week, as well as the in class film, have definitely changed how I view the process of birth. In our society, birth is seen as something unclean, and in some ways, even unnatural. We've become so accustomed to the sterilized hospital birth setting that we've forgotten that people have been giving birth without the assistance of modern medicine since the existence of humanity (obviously). Seeing as our entire existence is based around the continuation of our species, one would hope we'd be properly equipped to reproduce.
As it turns out, we are properly equipped. What we aren't, however, is properly informed. What needs to happen is a shift of power from the doctors to the mothers, or to take it one step further, to the fetus itself. As discussed in the article, Late Pregnancy, Labor Induction, and the Occupy Uterus Movement, it may very well be the fetus' decision when to head out into the world, not the mother's. At first, I was fascinated by this concept, but after thinking about it, I realize just how much sense it makes. Life isn't an exact science, and human beings can't be reduced to simple variables. Each person is different, a product of both their environment and genetics. When the baby is ready to come out, it will do so. In my opinion, we should respect that, along with the mother's wishes.