Process vs. product

10 February 2011 at 2:31 pm Leave a comment

In one of my lives, I teach writing to college students. By the 1980s, the world of composition and rhetoric experienced a fundamental shift in outlook, from focusing mainly on students’ product–that is, their finished essays themselves–to their writing process–that is, their brainstorming and outlining and drafting and revision strategies and editing and responding to feedback.

Suddenly it struck me that this process vs. product distinction is helpful for considering the world of birth–yes, we all want a healthy baby (or an excellent final draft), but there’s much, much more to it than just that single endpoint. People who discount midwifery care as being a distraction from that endpoint–that product–may in fact be completely missing the big picture.

–Christina

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Grandparents at the (home)birth Nursing (a toddler) in public, again

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