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In childbirth, choice is a luxury. There is no “should” — only what is.

Natural Childbirth Is Great But Let's Stop Pretending It's A Matter Of Choice

We are already so hard on women, and women are so hard on themselves. We shouldn’t set them up to feel like any birth that ends in a healthy child is Read...
Dana Norris of Role Reboot    |   04.10.17   |   SHARE
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 I hit a wall, and begged for an epidural. (Image: Thinkstock)

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

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 Read...
Kristi Pahr    |   10.3.16   |   SHARE
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The epidural had turned the birth from an excruciating experience into a beautiful one. Image: Thinkstock.

The Birth Of My Son Was A Beautiful Experience, Thanks To An Epidural.

It felt like I was being knifed in the stomach. My husband suggested a shower. I grabbed him, looked him in the eye and said, “I know you’re trying Read...
Helen Vnuk of Mamamia    |   08.19.16   |   SHARE
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The last thing we need is one more thing to feel inadequate about, one more thing to feel like we’re doing “wrong” when it comes to having a baby. Image: Thinkstock.

The Best Laid (Birth) Plans Are None of Your Business

While people asking about our plan likely have good intentions, the conversation opens you up to so much judgment about how you’re planning to give Read...
Britni de la Cretaz    |   07.29.16   |   SHARE
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My epidural made me stop wanting to die. Image: Thinkstock.

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

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- Read...
David Minerva Clover    |   07.18.16   |   SHARE
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