People use analogies every day. Writers use metaphors and similes to draw comparisons. When I wrote Nine Year Pregnancy I unknowingly stumbled upon a somewhat controversial analogy of comparing the adoption journey to a pregnancy. Some refer to this using the term paper pregnancy.
The term pregnant has been used as various analogies for centuries. It often carries a sense of expectation or waiting. Additionally, many kinds of emotional and physical pain are often compared to a woman in labor. I have not done a lot of research into ancient texts, but likely the earliest use of pregnancy as an analogy comes from the Bible.
Check out the references to pregnancy and infertility in this passage from Romans 8 (The Message translation) that I quoted in a devotional titled “What are you waiting for?“
–Delana H. Stewart, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nine-Year-Pregnancy/312101615473700 “Paper Pregnancy” and Adoption. What might seem self-explanatory to some, might require explanation for others. Pregnancy: having a child developing in the body, awaiting labor and … Continue reading → February 4, 2013
–Delana H. Stewart While many people find the term paper-pregnancy to be a sweet sentiment or fitting comparison between adoption and pregnancy, others are flat out offended by the term … Continue reading → September 15, 2012
–by: Delana H. Stewart Many people these days compare the stages of adoption to the stages of pregnancy. The term they use is paper pregnancy. While there are a lot … Continue reading → September 15, 2012
Five years ago this very day, a nine-year pregnancy and a year of labor and delivery ended, and the birth of a daughter into our family began. Her physical birth … Continue reading → March 29, 2012
Lately, I have read many blog posts about “paper pregnancies” and other similar terms in reference to the waiting period of adoption. Today, I read the article “Adoption: What to … Continue reading → February 20, 2012
Just thought I’d let you know that I started a new Facebook page: Adoption and Paper Pregnancy It is a community for those in the adoption process, adoptive parents, and … Continue reading → February 16, 2012
Nine Year Pregnancy: Waiting on God–Our Journey of Adoption was published by CrossBooks Christian Publishing Company, a division of LifeWay. This book will be helpful to anyone in the adoption process, as well as helpful for those dealing with issues that arise in the early years of an adoptee’s life … Continue reading → October 28, 2011
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