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.