My husband jokingly applies the baseball term "hitting for the cycle" to the way I delivered our three children: from scheduled surgery to drugged and finally undrugged natural. It wasn't some sport, though I was fanatical.
It is no coincidence that the countries with the highest rates of child mortality, mostly in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, or sub-Saharan Africa, also have some of the lowest rates of contraceptive prevalence.
Most mothers in this country and in the West accept sacrifices willfully because the joy and beauty of motherhood overwhelms them. In much of the rest of the world, however, the sacrifice of motherhood means something very different.