Julie Lyles Carr: Labor the Day

Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor the Day

I would love to think that there would be a national holiday devoted to those of us who have done the labor thing.

As in, the pregnancy labor thing.

Did I ever mention my first labor was 31 hours long? With no meds until the bitter end? Which some genius nurse then turned off because they thought it was impeding my pushing since no one would believe me when I said it felt like the baby was in the wrong position?

Because they thought I couldn't possible know that since she was my first baby?

Until she finally made her emergence face up?

No, I'm not bitter.

Labor Day.

Apparently it's not all about transition and pushing. It started in Canada as part of a labor dispute.

I read that on Wikipedia.

So it must be true.

Labor Day has been around here in the States since we jacked it from Canadians in 1882. The first U.S. observance was in New York City in 1882, with a national holiday designated by 1884.

But it still leads me back to an important point.

Yes, there's Mother's Day and all. But I think kids across this great nation would benefit from having to watch endless video presentations of women in labor. I think it could bring a great deal of appreciation for the women who brought them into the world.

And it might have enough scarring effect to make abstinence programs a little more effective.

Labor Day. Make that Labor and Delivery Day.

Call your congress person.

Tell 'em I sent you.

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