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|Now this is what they say. "In the hospital they acts mo' like it's their baby than it's my baby." I'm tellin you what
they tells me. I aint' talkin bout what I said. This is what they [women] say. "I want to hear my baby when he
cry. I want to feel it. I want to know what's goin on. I want to know what it's takin to bring my baby here. I want
to feel it cause I know that hurt ain't gonna hurt but just so long." They don't like all that anesthesia. It's work
havin yo' baby at home without any anesthesia, but's worth it. It hurts but it ain't sufferin. It is not sufferin. It's
pain but it ain't the sufferin kind. It's a good hurt.
Mother knows the good that's gonna come out this pain. She knows when that baby is born that she can sit up
and play. She can take her baby on her bosom in her arms and play with it. She gets wide awake after the
push comes and she get her baby and when the baby's born she's wide awake ready to play with her baby
without any trouble, any medicine or drugs or anything. She's not sleepy anymo'. She's ready for laughter.
--Excerpt from Motherwit, an Alabama Midwife's Story by Onne Lee Logan