The journey of becoming a mother
Journal of Perinatal Education, 17(4), 43- 47, October 2008
Judith A. Lothian, Ph.D., R.N.
College of Nursing
The physical and emotional changes of pregnancy and, then, labor, birth and breastfeeding play vital roles in guiding women on the journey of becoming a mother. Standard prenatal care and medicalized labor and birth interfere in powerful ways with nature's plan and, consequently, women's ability to negotiate this journey. In this column, these issues are explored, and implications for childbirth education are discussed.