02 12 / 2012

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I just wish there wasn’t such a disconnect between ladies based on their birthing decisions.

Quotes from celebrities come to mind, such as model Miranda Kerr’s comment saying epidurals make babies “drugged up”, or Dr. Denis Walsh, a well-known midwife, who claims “Pain in labor is a purposeful, useful thing, which has quite a number of benefits, such as preparing a mother for the responsibility of nurturing a newborn baby.” While I respect his opinion and think midwives are great, pardon me when I say fuck you, you are a cis-man, and have no idea what people feel during labor and birth and you have no right to tell us pain from labor is “useful”. We have made so many medical advances through the years, and if women choose to lessen the pain of labor through epidurals and other pain relievers, that is their choice and no one should make them feel like less of a women or mother for it. No one should say they connected with their baby “faster” or “better” because they didn’t use pain relievers, because everyone’s love and connection is individual. No one should say women who birth at home are naïve hippies. No one should say women who choose to have c-sections aren’t experiencing “real” birth. This underhanded way of insulting the other, whether it is subtle or not, is just another way we like to keep women down by telling them they “didn’t do it right”.

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