Today’s youth would probably be shocked by the amount of shame associated with pregnancy out of wedlock. There was such a stigma that many young women were shamed into hiding. If you were lucky enough to have resources, you could be shipped off to maternity homes or hidden with out of town relatives. Pregnant, unwed mothers were expected to keep a low profile and marry the father regardless of circumstances.
This particular title is geared to ministers and counselors in a pastoral setting. It is hardly surprising that nary a word is discussed about the men and their responsibility. (Other than they can be taken advantage of by morally questionable women trying to trap them.) It is just understood that women are on the hook for any moral failings.
I have always thought that “cute” or “fashionable” maternity clothes was an oxymoron. This book proves my point. There was not a single design that even came close to a realistic choice for the average pregnant lady. Even if someone wanted to rock the earth mother hippie look, I doubt these designs would work. I won’t even try and guess how one would use a bathroom in under an hour with the example Dhoti pants. Maybe this could work as swim/beach cover ups rather than actual maternity clothes.
Submitter: This book came from a small public library. We discovered it while deep weeding our children’s collection. The book is intended to be used by parents to teach children how a child is born through photographs and simple text. While the text is simple, the photographs are rather traumatic and confusing. I’m not sure what age the book is intended for and young children would not understand the pictures. The pictures are black and white and out of focus. The picture of the father in the waiting room “dragging” on a cigarette did make me laugh with the accompanying text. I feel terrible for the woman in labor in the pictures and I’m grateful most women do not have to be rigged up to some kind of medieval torture device and forced to work against gravity to bring her baby into the world. A hospital birth has certainly changed since this time. Fathers are often in the delivery room and the birth experience is not quite like this anymore. The last circulation dates were from the year 2000 and 1988. Should have been weeded long ago. BTW, at least one of these pictures is not safe for work.
Holly: Books like this can be beautiful and helpful and useful. This just looks old and a bit scary.