Pain in childbirth in humans is unique

A recent edition of The new Scientist magazine, of 9 May 2015, features an article by Barbara Finlay comparing the phenomenon of pain in humans as compared to animals. First of all, it’s different.

It seems primates do not feel pain in childbirth as human mothers do.

That was another eureka moment for me as a Bible-believer, and one of those things that makes you wonder why you missed it. Because pain and travail in childbirth was one of the curses at the time of the Garden after Adam and Eve disobeyed.

“Human childbirth appears to be uniquely painful among members of the animal kingdom”. Scientists formerly thought it was because of the size of the baby’s head compared to the pelvis, but there are animals, she says, like marmosets, who have comparable birth conditions without showing so much pain.

Author Finlay speculates the survival benefit of giving mothers in labor time to recruit help for the event. Which is another Biblical truth. Even God’s curses are for very good reasons.

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2 Responses to “Pain in childbirth in humans is unique”

  1. insanitybytes22 Says:

    Interesting. I’ve always found that fascinating and more evidence of biblical truth. Another thing that’s kind of interesting about human child birth, the more you can surrender, submit to all that pain, the easier it is.

    It is never easy, but it’s the struggle, resistance, and fear, that can make it so much worse. That’s why we try to teach women how to breath and how to relax.

    Life can be like that too, less painful, more fruitful, when we learn to relax and surrender.

  2. trutherator Says:

    Maybe not always “surrender”, but I think you mean simply “accept” that you are going to have pain when it happens, and ride through it.

    I’ve also read that scientists have found that the same brain areas react in the same ways to emotional pain as to physical pain. Heartache is real.

    The verse that God used to carry me through my time of worst emotional pain was 1 Corinthians 10:13. It’s just the promise that God won’t allow more than you can bear.

    There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. – 1 Cor 10:13

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