Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A Week of Links: Personal Experience

Rixa, at Stand and Deliver, recently asked women to share their epidural stories. She wrote, "When I was a PhD student, I was chatting with an acquaintance about pregnancy and birth. She had four children. She said something that was really hard for me to wrap my mind around. 'I just love it when I go into labor and get an epidural,' she said. 'I feel so empowered!'" Rixa goes on to wonder why "women have such different reactions to certain choices or life experiences", noting how potentially divisive women's reactions to others' choices can be.

At last count, there were 45 comments, with women discussing their personal experiences with epidurals. I found it very, very interesting.

Also interesting is the At Your Cervix post, "Some self loathing, some guilt, and a whole lot of venting". Here's an intro:
"Yes, hospitals, medicine and nursing care can save lives. However, ever notice the trickle down effect of us *causing* some of the problems in the first place?

I have been guilty of thinking far too medically as a nurse on L&D. I feel guilt for being that medicalized thinking nurse. I'm not talking about truly sick people, I'm talking about normal labor and births."
More post, coming up. Have you read anything interesting online that's been birth/pregnancy-related? Please share in the comments!

Christina @ Birthing Your Baby
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