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Superficial ideas of beauty invade the maternity ward

November 17, 2010

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RE “PUSH . . . and smile!’’ (g, Nov. 11): Facebook-generation moms who feel pampered by applying makeup after giving birth should certainly indulge themselves. But it saddens us that modern technology and superficial ideals of beauty have converged to make new mothers feel vulnerable and embarrassed by their appearance. Sweaty, exhausted marathon runners are considered heroes for what they have just accomplished, with no primping required. Women who have labored long and hard to bring a miraculous new life into the world are far more triumphant, rumpled hair and all.

Lois Freedman
Sharon
Amy Willis
Needham

Forget the rouge; behold childbirth at first blush
I HAD to add my opinion to the Nov. 11 g article “Push . . . and smile!” and the Nov. 12 editorial “Post-partu salon breaks: make up while you can,” about women in the Facebook age feeling the need to primp after giving birth. This is one of the craziest ideas I have ever heard.

I am a mother of three, and my only thoughts during labor and delivery were for the safety of my newborn and me. Where are we heading as a society if new moms are so obsessed with their looks 20 minutes after the birth? Where is their focus? This is the time for mothers, fathers, and significant others to bond with their new infant. There is so much time later for pictures.

How sad that these women will miss the intimate, quiet time after all their hard labor.

Peg Hoffman
Easton