.. Women Are from Venus; Babies Are a Great Idea - as Long as They're Someone Else's
Byline: MERLE BROWN
THERE'S been a lot of talk in our office about childbirth. There are so many pregnant celebrities around, it's hard not to discuss motherhood.
The fact that a male colleague of mine is awaiting the birth of his third child, and two female colleagues have just given birth to their first and second, makes it hard to escape from all talk of nappies, bottles, and the merits of breast-feeding.
If that was all there was to it, I wouldn't be writing this. But babies aren't all fluffy and cute. God, no. The truth is out there and it ain't all wrapped up in a pretty pink shawl.
There have been tales of waters breaking, packing an internal wound and getting stitches and cuts in places you don't really want a knife near. I'm also trying my best to forget all about the breast pumps and cracked nipples. These things are the reality and they are turning my gut.
Yes, you may have guessed at this point that I am childless and not very maternal.
The fact that I am single, I am beginning to think, is a good thing. The more you delve into pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood, the worse it becomes.
Surely in the 21st century there must be a better way to do it than the current option.
While babies can sometimes look very cute and the clothes are just to die for, the thought of spending nine months the size of a house, with swollen ankles and raging hormones really doesn't appeal. …