The more I read blogs, the more and more I end up reading birth stories. There’s something innately special about a birth story. It’s at the same time a personal and universal experience. There are endless ways to experience it – vaginal, c-section, medicated, unmedicated, in a hospital, in birth centers – the list goes on and on. Despite all these different methods, in the end its still the amazing act of bringing new life into the world, and its one of the reasons I love to read birth stories – they are so so different.
Lately, it seems like the tables are turning more and more toward natural childbirth, and that is incredible. It wasn’t too long ago that a natural birth was the only option and people were clamoring for pain relief. I love that nowadays so many women are opting for that experience, and that they have that choice. That’s what we should all have – choice.
You see where I’m going with this, right? If you’ve read Abbie’s birth story, you know that I was not one of those brave women. I knew I couldn’t do it that way. I am a big wuss when it comes to pain, and knew I needed an epidural to give birth.
And you know what? I’m PROUD of that. I am proud that I got that epidural, and proud that it enabled me to give birth the way I wanted.
The beauty of it all is that I know myself, and I know my body. I knew that I needed an epidural to feel strong enough to deliver Abbie. I knew that I needed to have that calming effect. In my case, the epidural worked well – with the exception of having to even it out a little (it was stronger on one side that the other at first), it did just as it’s designed – took away the pain, but not the pressure. When it came time to push, I knew when to push without being told, but I wasn’t in the pain I know I would’ve been had I done everything naturally. And you know what? That’s okay! That’s why epidurals were created in the first place.
Because it was my choice. I had the choice to do what was best for me and my baby. Having an epidural allowed me to have a vaginal delivery. It helped me remain calm for most of labor. It was the right choice for me.
So yes, I had an epidural, and I’m damn proud of that. Every mom has a right to be proud of her baby’s arrival into the world.