• Labor & Delivery,  Postpartum,  Pregnancy

    Pain Tolerance

    One of my greatest fears throughout my first pregnancy was the fear of labor. I think it is universally acknowledged as the worst pain anyone can go through, yet somehow women still go through it voluntarily! Labor was a mystery to me – how could something so painful be something that anyone would want to do more than once, if at all to begin with? Part of my fear was the fact that I had not experienced much physical pain throughout my life. I’ve never broken a bone, never had major surgery, and never had stitches. So if labor was a 10 on the pain scale, then the most I…

  • Labor & Delivery,  Pregnancy

    Why I May Not Choose A Natural Hospital Birth Again

    Everyone has their own different desires and expectations for how their birth will go and different outcomes of how it actually ends up going. The expectation and outcomes of births are a wide range, from the ones with most medical intervention (hospital birth with epidural and/or C-section), to home births where there is only a midwife present. I personally wanted to have a “natural” birth (i.e. no epidural), but with it being my first child I was definitely not confident enough to have a home birth. I was able to successfully carry out my desires for the most part, since I did not have any complications during pregnancy or labor…