***I wanted to add something to what I said in my post about giving birth. I feel like I might have discouraged some people from wanting to try a natural birth, and I feel bad about that. I think it is a different experience for each person, and it is worth trying at least once. Even though it hurt, there were a lot of really good things about Bennett's birth (no medical interventions or complications besides a tear, being alert after having him, being ready to go home-- we stayed only one night and might have left sooner if the hospital staff hadn't advised against it), and I am glad that I did it the way I did. I was only in pain for a few short hours, and I'm not in pain anymore!
The point of my previous post wasn't so much "Natural birth was lame-o, gimme the drugs" as "I was surprised that it hurt so much. How have women done this for so many years and why did God create us this way?"
So anyway, I guess what I'm trying to say is, don't take my word for it. Decide for yourself and if you prepare yourself for a natural birth, I think you will be glad you tried it! I definitely feel closer to the women of the past who didn't have the medical technology we have today, and feel so blessed to be in a country when and where medicine IS available to help.***
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