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After reading this article that was published Friday, November 9th, 2012 in the NY Times, I realized that the world has a lot to learn before understanding and mastering the miracle of childbirth.

The author describes the battlefield of childbirth all over the globe. Some women are not allowed to recite traditional religious verses in an effort to relieve discomfort. Some women are expected to push the baby out sooner than ready. Some women are expected to receive an episiotomy. Some women are left isolated, all alone to have their baby.

The Americans have a 34% c-section rate, which is not to be commended. The author states, “the American way of birth is spreading around the world the way blue jeans and Coca-Cola have.” Not good.

You see, the American culture has taken advantage of the sterile, medical tools we have access to in a heartbeat. Even if women don’t undergo a c-section, more than half of the women receive an epidural or synthetic induction method. The American culture has taken the magic and the beauty out of birth. I’m not saying the shiny objects and the hospitals are bad. What I am saying is that stuff should be used in a medical emergency, not in majority of the births today. One might pose the question, are our advances in technology and medicine a safety net or a crutch in a timeless experience like birth?

The American culture should learn from some traditional cultures around the world about the importance of sisterhood and the knowledge of the elder women. Anni Daulter, founder of The Sacred Pregnancy, states that we need to put the ‘sacred’ back into birth. I agree with her. This is why I’m so passionate about what I do.

Birth should be beautiful. The mothers should be held on a pedestal, with their bellies rubbed. Women should bond and find solace in other women, young and old. Our daughters should grow up not fearing birth as a disease, but rather a magnificent rite-of-passage into motherhood. Birth is a celebration of love, life, and miracles.

Workout

Warm Up
2 Rounds
3min bottom of squat
10 good mornings
10 squats
10 scap push ups
10 KB push press
10 broad jumps

Advanced

40 KB Thrusters (44#)
Run 800m
30 KB Thrusters
Run 400m
20 KB Thrusters
Run 200m
10 KB Thrusters

Intermediate

40 KB Thrusters (35#)
Run 800m
30 KB Thrusters
Run 400m
20 KB Thrusters
Run 200m
10 KB Thrusters

Beginner

40 KB Thrusters (16#)
Run 800m
30 KB Thrusters
Run 400m
20 KB Thrusters
Run 200m
10 KB Thrusters

*Modifications

Rows can be 1k, 500m, 250m. Front squats only are fine. Weights are ultimately up to the athlete. Remember to always listen to your body. Every day is different.