While reading a recent article in B-Metro, I discovered the newest thang with some young mothers. I have to warn you that this may be a bit controversial! Have you heard of push presents? Young mommies are now getting presents for pushing during labor. What?
First of all, my firstborn was born by caesarean so there goes that present, and second… what? When I was pregnant and planning for the birth of either of our babies, there was no talk about a “push present.” Oh my! All of us from the baby boom generation have missed out! Think of how many boomers have delivered their little presents and then went home with them wrapped in soft blankets and smelling of Baby Magic Lotion? Their “presents” didn’t sparkle on their ears or wrists and they sure weren’t “red-soled Christian Louboutin shoes.”
Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great if your husband gives you a present. I did push with my second baby and now I’m thinking of asking where my present is. Then, I look at my gorgeous 23-year-old daughter and there isn’t a diamond or a red-soled shoe that could replace the joy of that day. We had been praying for her for five years. She was the gift, just as my son had been seven years earlier. My labor with my daughter was induced and I’m told that is one of the most painful labors to endure. I also had an epidural that didn’t take on one side, so I also get that labor is difficult. But, what in the world are we coming to?
I am a lover of all things fashion, even those things I can’t afford. I love to window shop on 5th Avenue in New York City when we visit. I love to walk through Saks, Tiffany’s, and most every store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. It isn’t
solely due to a longing for nice things. I consider fashion whether clothing or jewelry to be art and I love admiring the work of the artist. I have two pairs of shoes that I consider art and a few other pieces that I will wear forever. Included in those items is a necklace whose diamond was given to my mother-in-law on the day my husband was born. So, I see the value of a “push present.”
I also believe that the child knit together in my womb by THE CREATOR, is the most precious art out there. I really can’t imagine clouding that day with special gifts for me. After all it’s their BIRTHday. I had a baby shower prior to both children, but there were no “push” showers. Which leads me to these questions…
What would happen if you didn’t push? Exactly! So why the present? Natural childbirth you say? Oh well, now that’s a completely different thang! A pair of shoes and diamond earrings doesn’t even cover the breathing!
What are your thoughts on push presents?