Thanks for the comment! Actually, your page was one of the ones that inspired me to finally write Deklan's story. Yes, it makes me want to tell birthing women to run screaming in the opposite direction, too! And if they MUST give birth in a hospital, HAVE A DOULA! I think docs know that women are totally vulnerable in labor (so strange, isn't it? To be so powerful and yet so vulnerable? That's one of the beauties of the out-of-hospital setting...you don't have someone grappling for control of YOUR experience!), and they take advantage of that. By declaring that something is necessary, they take away a woman's choice in her birth. Well, now I know. Deklan's birth taught me a lesson, I just didn't know what it was yet. Then Gavin's birth showed me what that lesson was, and helped heal my heartache from Deklan's birth. I think it was good for me to put Deklan's story down, even though it wasn't altogether a happy, triumphant birth. I'd love to read the stories of your other children's births, should you decide to write them down! It IS nice having a follower, isn't it?!? :D It's a major ego boost!
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