Paris Journal: Like a King

A hilarious and informative read from New Yorker Archive:
Paris Journal: Like a King–How to have a baby in France
By Adam Gopnik

In New York, …, pregnancy is a medical condition that, after proper care by people in white coats and a brief hospital stay, can have a “positive outcome.” In Paris, it is something that has happened because of sex, which, with help and counsel, can end with your being set free to go out and have more sex. In New York, pregnancy is a ward in the House of medicine; in Paris, it is a chapter in a sentimental education…