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Birth Clergy [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.

[User Picture]From: arago_sama
2012-07-15 06:42 pm (UTC)
Great analogies here! Thankfully it wasn't an emergency birth.

A blessed Baptism, Chrismation, and Holy Communion to her! When will you do that, is there a traditional time frame when that is preferred to take place?
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[User Picture]From: martiancyclist
2012-07-15 07:07 pm (UTC)
Ideally, the Saturday closest to 40 days. Then, her first Communion will be the next day. Her 40th day will be a Tuesday, so she'll be Baptized on her 44th day, as there was a scheduling conflict on her 37th day, and either one is close enough.
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[User Picture]From: cmaried
2012-07-15 10:47 pm (UTC)
Congrats Marsman. How do you like being a Dad thus far?:)
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[User Picture]From: christina_tm
2012-07-16 12:55 am (UTC)
These analogies made me laugh, I will say. I kept picturing a priest looking at his congregation, thinking Time to call in some reinforcements and calling for a bishop mid-service.

Edited at 2012-07-16 12:56 am (UTC)
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