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LABOR OF LOVE
I HAVE TO ADMIT that the idea of childbirth had always terrified me. Television didn't help. After watching in my early 20s a particularly melodramatic portrayal of the process, I called my best friend and announced, "I will never, ever do that." She agreed.
Not long afterward, I became a screenwriter myself, and soon realized that peaceful and serene experiences don't make for good television. There's not enough drama. For the first time it occurred to me that the depictions I'd seen of pregnancy and childbirth might have been motivated by something other than a desire for verisimilitude.
About the author
Contributing editor Amy Baker lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and two children.
with contributions from DOUGLAS EASTMAN, TERESA VON CARDINAL, JENNIFER NYLEN, ROSE STACKHOUSE, JAN TRUE JACOBY
Birth—for non-parents, too
WARREN BOLON, SENIOR WRITER
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from Tom Regan, Tim Funk
CHILDBIRTH—LOVE ANNOUNCING, 'HERE I AM!'
BY KEITH WOMMACK
CONCEPTION & BIRTH—THE SPIRITUAL BASIS
Warren Bolon with contributions from MARTA GREENWOOD
LABOR OF LOVE
BY AMY BROOKE BAKER
THE HOPE THAT SURPRISED ME
BY CARYL EMRA FARKAS
TIME TO CLEAR OUT THE GUNK
BY MEG WELCH DENDLER
HURT? FRUSTRATED? PERPLEXED? PRAY!
BY ANTHONY WHITEHOUSE
Without help? Don't believe it!
LESSONS FROM MRS. WOLFE
LET'S NOT GET INTO A FLAP
I ACCEPTED GOD'S BLESSING
FULL FREEDOM REGAINED
LUMP HEALED THROUGH PERSISTENT PRAYER
TERESA J. ALLEN