Making Bread

You’re going to have to bear with me through this post, there’s going to be a lot of metaphors and possibly a whole lot of side tracking. ūüôā¬†

Tonight I made bread.  It took me approximately 5 minutes to put it all together and then another 3 hours to cook.  It came out smelling and looking as yummy as can be, and yet something was missing.  I think I was missing the satisfaction of knowing that I made it myself, the empowerment that I would have experienced had I physically made the bread.  You see, I just had to dump the ingredients in to a bread maker and voila, I got bread.  No kneading, no rising (well, except for in the bread maker), no rolling, no baking.

So what does this have to do with anything?¬† Well, I recently attended the DONA postpartum doula workshop and several times throughout the workshop the process of making bread was referenced.¬† It was referenced as an activity that helped to alleviate stress and pass time.¬† Pass time while in labour or pass time during those last few weeks of anxiousness.¬† Everyone praised the idea of “making bread”.

And here I am now, making bread.¬† But really?¬† Am I?¬† I guess in a weird way I am, but truth be told, I don’t know how to make bread!¬† And there you have it, I am completely reliant on this machine that sits on my counter to make the bread for me.¬† I can fill it with ingredients, but the hard work is done by the machine.¬† And then I started thinking about bread and birth (I know, I know, it’s a weird combo) and how similar they are in in some ways.¬† I see a similarity between the¬† bread maker and the medicalization of birth.¬† Over the years we have become reliant on something that could be great in essence, appears to be very convenient and yet not really necessary.¬†

So what about the traditions and the rituals that lead up to birth (or bread making)?¬† Who teaches a woman how to have a baby?¬† Or should I say, who helps empower a woman to have a baby the way she desires?¬† I think a Doula can help in that area alongside all the powerfull women in¬†the mother’s¬†life, but what about the bread making?¬† Is it a lost art?¬† Are there women out there still teaching their daughters and neices and friends how to bake bread?¬† The old fashioned empowering kind of way?¬† Is there such thing as a bread Doula?¬† (okay, go ahead and laugh)

So there you have it, there may just be something to the old catch phrase, “bun in the oven”.¬† And now, it’s all personal preference too I suppose.¬† Do you value convenience and ease or are you a DIY kind of gal?¬† See, I like the DIY concept and I definitely try that route in most areas of my life, but I find myself using a bread maker every now and then.¬† Is that so bad?