Currently on British television are two programmes about giving birth. One features sheep, one features humans. Yes, there is some confusion in this household too. It has been interesting to watch the programmes, amazing to see the similarities between humans and sheep. Sometimes lambs need bottle feeding and they can be rejected by their mothers. Both have ultrasounds, both wear woolly jumpers in winter.
Lambs clearly give birth a lot more easily than humans. No, I mean a lot more easily. Two births have stuck in my mind from the One Born Every Minute programme; the girl who was on her fifth baby, which literally just popped out and the girl who was screaming blue murder when she was about 1 mm dilated. Lambs don’t do this. It would be disturbing if they did.
I recall that during my university Anatomy course we were told something about the modification of the pelvis as a result of upright walking causing all the pain in birth. Why is it then, that some people make more of a fuss/ its far more painful, than for others? My thought is that mind over matter has a lot to do with it, I could be wrong. Perhaps some of us walk more funny than others and have weirder shaped pelvis’. High heels can disguise anything.
So anyway, what makes a better birthing programme; lambs or humans? In terms of ability to eat dinner whilst watching, it has to be lambs, in terms or voyeurism it has to be humans. Both have been great television. One has a special poignancy for me; Lambs have a nice life, just not a very long one, sob.