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Women Not a Machines is part of the series “Putting the Pieces Together”. I find it challenging to discuss issues that women face and have feelings and or concerns about without being labeled a feminist. Why does it seem at times that we must always try to shove people into boxes and put labels on them? Isn’t compassionate human being good enough?
Women Not Machines was inspired through my own independent research via internet and in face to face discussions with people about general perceptions of adoption. Sometimes it seems those perceptions are all over the place…..and many incorrect. I find it encouraging that people seem shocked that mothers can sign away their rights mere hours after giving birth (hope for the human race yet?) . I also find it encouraging that some people are quite surprised that in some states there is no grace period, signatures are irrevocable and permanent the moment they are executed under any condition. Consents can be executed from hospital beds, in parking lots and over the telephone. The laws on the books seem pretty darn old, pretty inhumane and perhaps, in need of an update.
I also find that when I share my personal experience, people sometimes want to believe I am the exception, I am one of the few nice ones who surrendered and subsequently lost their baby unecessarily, who did not feel they made a clear, conscious choice. I find it somewhat disappointing that some of society has a view of mothers who place their babies for adoption as homeless, drug addicts, incapable, or unworthy of, straight up don’t want to even try being a mother, already have enough children therefore have “one to spare” or worse yet that it was Gods plan for them.
That one, Gods Plan, always make me just want to shake me head and say…..Did it ever occur to you that whatever it is that you believe God is judging the woman for and forcing her to surrender her baby for (according to the Gods plan perspective) is actually a set beliefs you are trying to force on her? Ever considered the possiblity that God put you in the expectant mothers path not to discourage her but to encourage and help her and her baby along the way? Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t, but giving a new mother time to choose and not be rushed seems like a good idea to me. I figure if it is Gods Plan she will make the choice God wants her to make whether rushed in mere hours (potentially causing shock and trauma) or given time to begin to heal, process her own feelings and thought, and begin to recover from childbirth, say 6 weeks after birth, the time a mother is released from Post Partum care (time to feel things out, heal, ask questions, get answers, go through the biological process and make informed choices) Right?
Here’s some interesting information on the Endocrine system and hormonal shifts that may also help those who have never been through pregnancy, labor, childbirth and post partum understand the process better.
“After giving birth, estrogen and progesterone, which are released by the endocrine system, significantly lower. During pregnancy, the body produces these hormones in abundance. It takes around three days for hormonal levels to return to their pre-pregnancy state. The body experiences a shock with the sudden change in hormones, impacting the mother’s mood, body functions, digestion, and ability to sleep” ….Read More of Article Here….
Taken in November 2011 durning my last pregnancy. Something upon the water caught my eye and with a click of the camera I captured it. Not until later at home when I saw the photo much larger on my computer screen did I see what to me appears to be a woman with her arm gentled wrapped around her pregnant belly. Someone I am aquainted with actually thought it was me with some blurred effects censored for privacy. This work may be purchased in framed, on canvas or prints. A portion of proceeds is donated to Saving Our Sisters an organization which provides support to expectant mothers facing emotional and fiancial challenges during pregancy.