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I'm trying to figure out what is supposed to be the takeaway for the Zimbabwean readers. The US is so chaotic we regularly give birth in moving cars? The US is so strange we drive to hospitals to give birth? Traffic is bad? Americans have bad timing? Americans are so strong they can just drop babies any old place? What remarkeable spoiled or spectacular American thing does this illustrate?

Posted by pox | January 31, 2007 1:38 PM

Reason #5678 i don't want to be reincarnated as a passenger side floor mat.

Posted by longball | January 31, 2007 1:43 PM

Giving birth in a hospital is being spoiled. That people will drive from the suburbs to a city hospital, because they want to give birth there specifically, and don't even consider giving birth at a closer hospital, much less at home, even when there isn't time to reach the city (because everyone can afford to have a car and take up space on the road at the same time each morning and afternoon), will probably seem fairly ridiculous to Zimbabweans.

I think that's what he's getting at, at least.

Posted by Noink | January 31, 2007 2:13 PM

Exactly. And that the mother-to-be ended up giving birth outside the confines of a hospital anyway, with no ill effect.

Posted by laterite | January 31, 2007 3:48 PM

Yes, we Americans surely are spoiled! And our view of birth is anything but "natural." But this mother has had 3 children born with serious breathing problems and wisdom dictated that the baby be delivered in a hospital where there was excellent neo-natal care. They are greatful to God that whether America or Zimbabwe, whether in a hospital, home or car, our mighty and wonderful God, creator of life watches over us all and has ordained ever the circumstances of our birth. Rejoice with us!

Posted by Grandma C | February 1, 2007 10:48 AM

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