No kids, natural childbirth, c-section – Whatever you chose, be true to your self

by Ann on May 9, 2011

May 8th -14th is National Women’s Health Week. Take time to remember to care for yourself and learn what your body needs to be healthy. Although we have access to a lot of information these days, maybe too much information, people still don’t seem to know much about their bodies…..especially when it comes to childbirth.

When I was researching my book, “The Baby Dilemma,” I went to a book signing for Naomi Wolf’s book “Misconceptions: Truth, Lies, and the Unexpected on the Journey to Motherhood,” which touches on a variety of subjects including misinformation mothers get from their OB-GYNs and why natural childbirth is best, post-partum depression and how a relationship changes after having children. Ms. Wolf was explaining how certain medical procedures may not be necessary when a woman is giving birth and mentioned “episiotomy.” She came to a complete stop in her talk and asked the audience of about 60 people – mainly young women in their 20s – if they knew what an episotomy was. Only about half of the women raised their hands. I was surprised.

But then I remembered not really knowing anything what about childbirth either until I started researching my book and friends shared their experiences with me. I always wondered why we didn’t learn more in school. Many women don’t learn about what happens to their bodies during childbirth until they get pregnant. Maybe we don’t want to scare women away from having children.

Quite a few women I interviewed said the thought of getting pregnant or giving birth turned their stomachs. Many were worried about what would happen to their bodies afterward. Helen Mirren, the British Actress, has said that she was firmly against having children because, as she revealed to Times Online, she was traumatized by an educational childbirth film when she was a teenager. “I swear it traumatized me to this day,” she said. “I haven’t had children, and now I can’t look at anything to do with childbirth. It absolutely disgusts me.”

Maybe this isn’t want Naomi Wolf would want to hear, but when I got pregnant I decided to have an elective c-section. I felt it was the best decision for me and my family and it was a great experience for all of us. My son was born healthy and I had no complications.

So, as you take care of our health this week, take the time to get to know what works for you and your body. What works for other people may not work for you. Be true to yourself.

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