Topic: epidural

Anonymous Mom: I Had One Baby At Home. And I’m TERRIFIED To Do It Again

Anonymous Mom: I Had One Baby At Home. And I'm TERRIFIED To Do It Again

When I allow myself to think of it I cry, or shake, or lie awake at night. I can only describe it in colors. Red and Black. If I had to describe it I’d say it’s like biting the live end of an electrical wire and being thrashed to and fro like a rag doll, hanging on for dear life, except you aren’t hanging on at all but being dragged. I realize this sounds ridiculous, that millions of women do it, that I wasn’t actually dying or being tortured or at war. I’m just a rich American white girl but I am scared shitless nonetheless. More »

STFU Parents: Birth Junkies And Sanctimamas Who Can’t Stop Talking About Labor On Facebook

STFU Parents: Birth Junkies And Sanctimamas Who Can't Stop Talking About Labor On Facebook

Birth junkies, “natural” sanctimamas, and even the occasional aggressive mama bear use Facebook in a way that most other sanctimommies don’t. While the common sanctimommy might utilize Facebook to brag, complain, or get enraged about a subject that pertains directly to her, the types of sanctimommies I’m talking about are usually speaking to ALL women and mothers about birth. They see themselves as counselors, coaches, and above all, champions for mothers and the birth process. Fundamentally speaking, I could get on board with some of their philosophies. I admire women who feel in control of their bodies, and I believe in a mother’s intuition. But even more than that, I admire women who have given birth and don’t feel the need to tell everyone every freaking thing about it and why their way is the best way. More »

Labor Pains: My Natural Birth Made Me Appreciate My Epidural

Labor Pains: My Natural Birth Made Me Appreciate My Epidural

I was never against the drugs. Drugs, I thought, were for other people. For people who could tolerate long needles shoved up their spinal cords. For people who didn’t mind being confined to a bed. I didn’t have something to prove when I opted for a natural birth—I was just deeply afraid of doctor intervention. Now, I know this makes little sense when comparing the level of pain one endures during the dreaded ring of fire—the agonizing sensation that occurs when your baby stretches your vagina to its capacity—but there is a difference between the fear of the unknown and the fear of needles.

I opted for the unknown. More »

Newsflash: Midwives Aren’t Just For Rich New Yorkers

Newsflash: Midwives Aren't Just For Rich New Yorkers

I was pretty excited when I first saw earlier this week that the New York Times had written about the increasing popularity and profile of midwives – until I actually read the article, that is.

It’s not that the article, “The Midwife as Status Symbol,” is wrong exactly. Yes, models like Christy Turlington and Gisele Bundchen used midwives. Yes, they are having something of a moment right now. And yes, the public perception of what midwives do and who they are for is changing. The problem is that the Times only presents a tiny piece of the story.
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Labor Pains: Screw Natural Childbirth, Give Me The Drugs!

Labor Pains: Screw Natural Childbirth, Give Me The Drugs!

Natural childbirth has become a badge of honor for mothers who endure it. Celebrities everywhere tout their natural bonafides in every birth announcement. Miranda Kerr let the world know that she had to work to get that baby by announcing, “‘I gave birth to him naturally; without any pain medication and it was a long, arduous and difficult labour.” Kelly Preston not only refused drugs, she didn’t even speak. Gisele Bundchen famously irked mothers everywhere when she said that childbirth, “didn’t hurt in the slightest”. Even Jessica Alba proved to the world that she was one centered momma by saying, “I didn’t scream. It was really Zen. The labor was more like meditation.”

So does natural childbirth prove that you’re a better or more committed mother? Does it demonstrate just how willing you are to sacrifice your own comfort for your child’s? Or is it just an all-natural, all-organic, I’m-so-much-better-than-you way to prove your “Top Mama” status?
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Labor Pains: I Was Secretly Relieved To Have An Emergency C-Section

Labor Pains: I Was Secretly Relieved To Have An Emergency C-Section

The birth of my first daughter involved an emergency c-section that, I’m not ashamed to report, I actually preferred over a vaginal delivery. That’s right, I willingly kissed my Jillian Michaels abs goodbye and “chose” major abdominal surgery over natural childbirth. My daughter was slow to arrive on the scene and the situation presented to me was this: I had a 50/50 chance that she could emerge the “natural” way or, you know, the other way (via c-section). The choice for me was a no-brainer.

It’s only when I share my birth story with other moms that I get the feeling I had somehow “cheated” myself out of a True Motherhood Experience simply because I wasn’t very good at bearing down on a yoga ball, or squatting in a kiddie pool surrounded by moon cake and mulled wine. More »