Another unwed teen gave birth in a restroom and walked away, leaving her newborn behind. The baby was found and the mother was apprehended.
Among all the other things that unattended teen births and their thrown-away children tell us about our social problems, what is it about giving birth in the socially prescribed manner that makes it such a lengthy, expensive and incapacitating experience? Why do becoming a responsible adult, finding Mr. Right, marriage, baby showers, supportive friends and family, health insurance, advanced diagnostic equipment and procedures, the best medical care possible, prenatal classes, education, and diets, well-stocked nurseries, infant car seats and fancy strollers make the birth process so traumatic?