● ● ● without pain. There is no pain attendant on it, matter has no pain. Now put all belief that pain attends childbirth out of mortal thought, and there would be no suffering whatever, and the labor would go on faster and the birth be less protracted.
The only thing that delays the birth is fear. Let your firm faith in God, Truth and Love, cast out all fear.
It was turning away from God as the only Mind that caused pain. There is no other mind to suffer, and matter cannot suffer.27
In 1898 she wrote Alfred Baker, formerly a medical physician:
During parturition your mind can assist your patient or the prospective mother. At the birth let your mind govern the action, prevent pain, and control the presentation of the babe. Mind is master of all the rules and conditions pertaining to obstetrics. Mind governs the results in every respect contingent on delivery, and the condition of the infant and mother, and the treatment thereof. . . .
Teach your student all this and teach him apart from this the purely mechanical parts of obstetrics. Do not drill him in unnecessary detail therein but qualify him according to law how to proceed in all cases and under difficult circumstances. Qualify him first how to conduct safe and harmonious cases of childbirth, then how to treat the abnormal cases.
27. L04096, letter in The Mary Baker Eddy Collection.
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