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Thursday, September 22, 2011

"Childbirth is PAIN! It canbe the healthy normal pain of labor and birth. Or it can be medically "painless birth" through anesthesia and/or cesarean with subsequent weeks to months of painful recovery while struggling to care for our newborn babies.
There is no escaping the pain. The choice we have is to work with pain and experience the satisfaction of birthing our babies, or to fight the pain."
The healthy pain of labor is natural, and a realization of our own personal power as women and mothers. It should be viewed as a milestone to be embraced, a rite of womanhood. The pain of major abdominal surgery is unnatural pain (a signal from our body that something is seriously wrong), and usurps our own power as women and mothers. It should be viewed as something to be avoided." 

- Barbara Brown-Hill, VBAC educator and birth assistant (in the vaginal birth after cesarean experience - Ed. Lynn Baptisiti Richards) 

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