The absolutely ridiculous notion that women are the weaker of the sexes is one that always left me stumped, even as a little girl. While my dad was a beyond incredible and very hands-on father, it was my mum who managed everything in our home. Not only did she grow and give birth to three humans, she somehow managed to do everything. She kept our home immaculate, she did the bulk of the domestic stuff like cooking, washing and ironing, attended all of our school events like concerts and parent/teacher interviews, bought our clothes, did the Christmas shopping and generally kept us in line and made sure we grew up to be well-rounded, kind and self-sufficient adults.
That idea, that women are the ‘lesser’ ones is sadly a view still held by some. I know, fucking crazy, right? For anyone who doubts the superhuman strength of a woman, the pics below will do the talking.
While in active labour with her second child, mum Kate Neal received a visit from her two-year-old daughter. As soon as she saw her mum, Kate’s daughter wanted to feed, and because Kate was still breastfeeding at the time, her little girl hopped up and took a drink while Kate breathed her way through contractions. I found it difficult to even talk to my two-year-old on the phone while I was in labour with her baby brother, so this left me totally speechless.
New Jersey photographer Maegan Dougherty, who took the snaps of Kate, told UK’s Daily Mail the following of the experience: “As Kate’s midwife, Lonnie Morris, put it, ‘Breastfeeding while labouring is Pitocin [a drug that induces labour] at its finest, since nipple stimulations can increase oxytocin and speed up labour. Kate’s contractions started coming faster and stronger shortly after breastfeeding, and she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl two hours later.”
Strength at its best.