Once again, we hear about the value of the tub for providing comfort in labor. For the price of just a few epidurals, every hospital could purchase a tub (and, therefore, reduce the need for epidurals). (Any HMOs listening out there?)
It's no coincidence that the most positive birth stories include references to decisions being shared by birthing women and their caregivers. Such a supportive environment allows women to really tune in and find their own way through the birthing process. Your well-deserved feelings of accomplishment ring out from your story. How wonderful!
For more birth stories, please read:
- Birth Stories: What They Tell Us
- "I Used a Variety of Comfort Measures"
- "I'm Happy I Had an Epidural"
- "The Medical Staff Didn't Listen"
- "I Gave Birth at Home"
- "I Loved My Natural Childbirth, but Pushing Was Painful"
- "I Had Preeclampsia, and My Baby Was Premature"
- "I Gave Birth to Twins Naturally"
- "I Had an Emergency Cesarean"
- "I Regret Being Induced"
- A Day You'll Never Forget