I have recently been reading: The Book of the Unnamed Midwife – Meg Elison
I don’t remember the names of the midwives who attended the birth of any of my children.
I remember the names of the Drs simply because they charged large amounts of money for the privilege of their attendance albeit for ten minutes in some cases.
What I do recall is how calm the midwives were when my wife was far from it. Several times she wanted to call the whole thing off, but of course, it was a bit late for all that. Eventually, I figured out how all this happening and so did the ‘manly’ thing in putting a stop to my ability to give the future midwives a job.
Did I feel guilty about this decision?
Economics has a lot of sway over choices you make in life and after I had fathered six mouths, each as hungry as the other, I came to the conclusion that my mental health as well as their’s needed to be protected.