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Pregnancy Trauma & Its Resultant Anxiety Makes Another Pregnancy Impossible

Sometimes, it's just too hard to imagine going through it all again.

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To The Photographer Who Thinks Cesarean Birth Isn't "Real" Childbirth

image credit Ker-Fox Photography

"Cesarean birth is beautiful, powerful, strong, and brave."

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My VBAC Was Supposed To Be Magic; Nope, I Hated It

I hit a wall, and begged for an epidural. (Image: Thinkstock)

When I got pregnant for the third time, I was determined to have an unmedicated VBAC. I had big plans. This VBAC was going to be my birth experience salvation. It was going to be empowering and amazing and heal all my hangups. I was going to be a mama goddess and everything was going to be perfect. I was wrong.

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The Postpartum Period Is For Self-Care (Not Just Taking Care Of The Baby)

We don’t often give pregnant people realistic expectations or dote on them postpartum, as we should. Image: Thinkstock.

CN: mention of postpartum depression/suicidality. Generally, in my experience, people often get so excited about a new baby, that they forget that postpartum women need doting on, too.

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Whether Or Not Someone Gets An Epidural Is None Of Your Business

My epidural made me stop wanting to die. Image: Thinkstock.

We compare birth stories like war stories. Twelve hours of labor, 32 hours of labor, three hours of pushing, we fall into the trap of trying to one-up each other. So yes, I can see why, to a parent-to-be who is enthusiastically anticipating pain relief, the refusal of an epidural might seem like a bit of a hero complex. And maybe for some people it is! But it’s none of your goddamn business.

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I Didn't Get The Flu Shot While I Was Pregnant — And Wound Up Giving Birth In A Coma

A simple flu shot would have changed everything. Image: Melissa Barvels.

A simple flu shot would have changed everything. It would have saved my family and I a lot of heartache; it would have prevented me and my son from facing life-changing health effects; and it would have granted me all of the stolen memories from that time that I now can’t get back.

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Why The Way We Portray Birth In Entertainment Matters

We have to believe that better birth is possible. Image: ABC.

We are taught to fear birth from early on in our lives, and the way it’s portrayed for entertainment’s sake plays a huge, disturbing role in that.

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The Shower, PTSD, And My Traumatic Labor

The baby is on the outside. Image: Thinkstock.

[CN: PTSD, pregnancy, birth] Something snapped inside me and I was transported backwards in time.

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The Shower, PTSD, And My Traumatic Labor

The baby is on the outside. Image: Thinkstock.

[CN: PTSD, pregnancy, birth] Something snapped inside me and I was transported backwards in time.

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I Chose To Have A C-Section, And It Was Totally Fine

I had nary a trace of fear or dread. Just a sense of well-being. Image: Thinkstock.

[CN: childbirth, pregnancy] "You're asking for C-section? You?!" [my obstetrician] almost shrieked.

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