Ever tell someone you were dissatisfied with your birth experience? That it left you feeling lost, unhappy, frustrated, or something worse? And then been told that you were selfish because you had a healthy child and all that should ever matter is that your child is healthy and happy, no matter how he or she came into the world?
Every aspect of parenting can be broken down into individual components and studied to try and determine what part of it makes it work (or not work). It’s what science tries to do on a daily basis. But the question here, and one I hope to tackle, is: are we’re doing ourselves a disservice by breaking it down as such? Can certain practices only be truly understood as a whole? And if we change the constituent parts, are we really getting the same results?
My view in a nutshell: The development of the epidural was a great scientific discovery that has the power to help women who NEED it in labor. It has its place in the world of childbearing, but it has also been VASTLY overused and many of those who opt for it have no idea what it is that they’re choosing to do.