Thursday, October 20, 2011

Babies are not miracles

Miracle: [mir-uh-kuhl] noun
1. A surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is considered to be divine.
2. A highly improbable or extraordinary event, development, or accomplishment.

Note: I'm aware that babies are made through artificial insemination and ivf and that many people struggle with infertility. I have not included these techniques or situations in what I'm about to write merely for simplicity. But please know that I'm not trying to lessen their experiences or take anything away from them.

Having a baby and being a parent is a very rewarding experience for most people. Life changing, even. However, anyone who has taken their most basic 5th grade Health class knows how babies are made. It is definitively explained by science. It is NOT a miracle.

According to the United States Census Bureau, for 2010 there is an estimated 361,481 babies born each day all over the world. Every minute in 2010 there were approximately 251 babies born. That certainly disqualifies it for an extraordinary event and is NOT a miracle.

I am just so tired of reading on Facebook, "My daughter is truly a miracle from God." and similar sentences. There was one this morning that said, "25 years ago today God made me a mother for the first time! Happy birthday son!"

For me this is not about a disbelief in God, because that's not case. (I'm unsure what I believe) This is about the proven human reproductive system and taking responsibility for your actions. You had sex. Sex makes babies. Having a baby makes you a parent. Now, I know it doesn't sound great to say, "25 years ago today, unprotected sex made me a mother for the first time!" But that's the reality of it. And that reality is, IT'S NOT A FUCKING MIRACLE! When you have millions of babies and parents on this planet, it's not a fucking miracle by any definition.

Deep Throat of the Day: I don't want this to turn into a debate about whether or not God gives us free will, so please don't bring it up. Because even if there is a God, and he doesn't give us free will, babies still aren't a miracle.


Anonymous said...

I lust you...That is all!

~DokterKenny said...

I want to say that this made me contemplate the nature of man and God...or that even that it made me think about my children, or how amazing the human reproduction system is....but honestly it just reminded me that my penis is way over due for some vagina...that being said I'll make sure no miracles happen!

Another Suburban Mom said...

I think that the act of getting pregnant is not a miracle, but the fact that people get that baby out and go back for seconds willingly and happily is pretty freakin miraculous to me.

Andrea said...

I've kinda had this thought myself. About people going on and on and on about it. And I'm kinda like "unless you have medical issues preventing pregnancy, nothing special has happened here. It's science."

But I'm also an asshole, so there's that.

Randi said...

Yeah... I am on the fence on this one just because I know too many people that have had no success in the baby making department.

I think when you find out you are pregnant, even if you've been trying, it feels like a surprise. Or a blessing. Or luck.

Erica M said...

Followed you from a comment you left on a first rule of parent blogging post. I liked what you had to say, so I'm here to find out more. This post didn't disappoint. Well said, even though you sound cranky like me on the subject. LOL.

ChopperPapa said...

I would agree that parents can be over the top about their kids and I've wrote about it more than once. However, I'd argue that the couple who has tried for 5 years to get pregnant with no success and then does so -- it's a miracle for them.

Example, my last admin was married for 9 years. They tried IVF, drugs, you name it Nothing. They were frustrated and depressed. Now check this, they go to an acupuncturist, not kidding, within 3 months she's pregnant and gave birth a month ago.

There is no doubt that is a miracle - at least for them.

April said...

I understand there are people who have had a hard time getting pregnant, and maybe I should have included them in my note. As far as I'm concerned, they are the exception. This post was not about people like them. This was about the majority of people who do not have issues getting pregnant and call their babies miracles from God.

And even with people having difficulties getting pregnant. That's all explained by biology. Hence the reason why babies are not miracles as far as I'm concerned. Blessings, sure! Miracles, not so much.

I'm not saying it to be an asshole, I'm just calling it like I see it. I don't expect everyone to agree with me.

Anonymous said...

Of course having a baby is not a medical miracle, but it can be an awe-inspiring and life-changing experience for the parents. Before I gave birth to my daughter a few months ago, a friend told me, "Having a baby will change the way you view the world." She was right. I'm not the most religious person, but now I completely understand why a parent would call their baby a "miracle." I think there's a good chance that your views will change if and when you have a baby of your own. :)

April said...

Anonymous, I have had a child for over 14 years. While my views have changed and continue to change as both my son and I age, I still don't feel babies are miracles and I don't understand how anyone who understands biology could consider a baby a miracle.


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