||[Jul. 15th, 2012|11:26 am]
It all started with me understanding birth professionals by analogy with clergy, because I'm that kind of church nerd. A doula is like a deacon, a midwife is like a priest, an OB is like a bishop. For most births, like most services, a midwife/priest is about what you need, but if things get complicated, you might need to call in an OB/bishop.|
Then Anna's birth got a little more complicated than expected (not an emergency, just stalled), and we had to have a hierarchical service. Just before she was born, the two
subdeacons L&D nurses vested the bishop OB (the hand positions were even similar; Alice was entertained, which did help with the pushing).
Meanwhile, I felt about as useful as a nun in the altar.
We were discussing this later, and came to the conclusion that women have access to a deeper understanding of the Incarnation than men do, just from being at a birth, while the closest men can come to this understanding is the consecration of the Eucharist. In this parallel, the mother and the chalice play the same role.