So I gave birth to all 4 of my children naturally.

3 with Pitocin.

No epidurals (well, one, but as soon as it was in, I pushed the baby out).

No screaming.

No hours of pushing.

No naps.

No brain?


I chose to give birth this way. My choice. My body.

Does that make it the right way? The only way?


So why, when I tell people that I did this, do they think I am crazy?

Is their way the right way? The only way?


I don't bash on them for having epidurals, why do they bash on me for not having one?

When I went to the hospital, why did the nurses look at me like I was nuts when I told them I was going natural?

My choice, my body.

(However, my sister says it like this: When you go to the dentist for a root canal, do you say, "No thanks, I don't want any novicane. I want to go natural." LOL She does have a point!)

Child #1 - water broke, 3 hours later, started Pitocin, 7 hours of labor, two 1/2 doses of painkiller, didn't do anything, 20 minutes pushing: beautiful boy

Child #2 - 3 1/2 hours labor at home, started pushing, raced to the hospital, water broke in car, 6 minutes after arriving at hospital: beautiful boy

Child #3 - induced with Pitocin, 8 hours labor, begged for epidural, received epidural, immediately flipped over and pushed out child, epidural kicked in for stitches: beautiful boy

Child #4 - water broke, started Pitocin, 5 hours labor, 2 pushes: beautiful girl

I loved, loved, loved the feeling of pushing that beautiful child out into the world.

And if you chose not to do it that way, okay. Your choice. Just let me have mine in peace.

And if you had your children by adoption, that's okay too.

But when we are talking about births, don't clam up. Tell me your adoption story. Because children come into our lives in all different ways.

Does that make my way the right way? The only way?


So let's all get along.


Jeremy and Kelly said... Reply To This Comment

Wow! I'm so impressed with moms who have unmedicated births (pitocin excluded). That's what I wanted. It's not what I got, but I'm 100% okay with that. I would LOVE to go into labor on my own someday and be able to "wait it out" at home as long as possible. But that's just me! Here's what I know now that I've been through it: to each her own. Do whatever is "right" for you. You're right: there is no "right" way to have a baby! You get major kudos in my book for going sans epidural. I had such bad back labor, I don't know how I would have made it without one, but I do know it can be done! You rock!

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