I can testify that childbirth is an inherently harmonious action,...

I can testify that childbirth is an inherently harmonious action, a fact that is often inaccurately portrayed by the media.

When I was still a teenager and my husband and I were expecting our first child, I went to speak to Christian Science practitioner about the expected birth. Since I'd been a Christian Scientist all my life, it was a normal thing for me to talk with a practitioner and to make arrangements to employ her prayerful support during the pregnancy. She told me I need not be fearful, and that giving birth is a natural process. She helped me to better understand God's fatherhood and motherhood, His love for all His creation. She also mentioned that Christian Science takes a different approach to childbirth than does "natural childbirth"; the latter relies on breathing exercises and other physical techniques, whereas Christian Science relies on the power and practicality of prayer to God to bring about a natural birth.

This passage from the Bible did much to quiet my apprehensions: "They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring with them" (Isa. 65:23). When the baby arrived, the birth was very quick and painless. With the help of similar prayer my second daughter was born nine years later. The birth was exceptionally quick and totally without pain.

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