The assigned readings that I am responding to are the article, "Late Pregnancy, Labor Induction, and the Occupy Uterus Movement," and the blog post, "Why do those who advocate home birth feel the way they do?"
A theme in both works seems to be that expecting mothers do not have as much control over their bodies as how it ideally should be. If the woman goes to a hospital for her baby's birth, the staff controls the birthing process through medication. Political interventions may deprive women of choices that affect their reproduction. The baby itself takes control away from the mother, as "the most reliable mechanism to get a baby out, barring complications, is to let the baby come out on its own." (Clancy, 30)
I've watched a lot of television and in the shows, pregnancy is usually depicted as a time where the everyone in the show begins a nine-month-long term of servitude to the expecting mother. The whole -"I'm pregnant and I want lobster within five minutes." followed by "Yes, dear. Will there be anything else, dear?" - sort of thing.
From my experience with various television sitcoms, I was left with an impression that pregnancy liberated the woman. She calls all the shots now and everyone else tries to appease her. I was surprised to read that my preconceived notions of pregnancy were incorrect, as "pregnancy leading to liberation" does not seem to be the case in real life, where pregnant women currently have very little control over their bodies and their situation.