Tuesday, 25 October 2011

On Gruffalos and Birth

I was going to write about our birth experience but have been beaten to it by Julia Donaldson. The Gruffalo's Child is a near perfect metaphor for how we experienced birth, let me explain...

As the child gruffalo (us) in the story hears the tale of the Big Bad Mouse (birth) she decides to go and investigate. At every encounter she thinks she has found what she needs but each new animal (professional) is not what they first appear and gives further weight to the scariness of the mouse (birth). She finally finds the mouse (birth) and can see it is not so scary after all, until the mouse uses the moonlight (womens reported experiences, one born every minute etc) against the Gruffalo (us). At this moment the Gruffalo's child runs back to the safety of the cave. The mouse (birth) waits outside, safely misrepresented until the meme is broken.

Just a thought :)

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