Using Design Researchers' Methodologies to Determine their Stance on Pain in Childbirth

Our assignment in Design, Society and the Public Sector was to create a position diagram of Design For/With on an axis with labels of our choice.  I was finding the reading very abstract, and in trying to understand how they might relate to each other, I came up with a visceral metric with which to compare.  When thinking about empathy vs sympathy, my mind somehow jumped to assessing how each of the eight design theorists we just read would approach pain management during childbirth.    I framed the natural childbirth process as the entire experience, that which women’s bodies are designed for, and the epidural as a more numbed version of that experience.