I believe that mothers are heros. Bringing a child into this world is no easy task, and women are AMAZING for doing what they do. And right now I'm not even talking about raising a child; just the actual labour and delivery.
Are you all with me so far?
Okay, so when did it get turned into a competition? You all have been in a conversation where it's happened -- and probably all of us (myself included) have, at one point, been the one to try to one-up someone else with our own birth stories.
"I did it without any drugs!"
"I pushed for 4 hours!"
"My baby was almost 10 pounds!"
"I laboured for almost 30 hours!"
"I was 2 weeks overdue!"
(None of these are direct quotes from anybody...I'm just using them as examples.)
I get bothered when birth conversations turn into these kinds of competitions. We all have a story to tell -- and I love hearing other people's stories -- but each story is a miracle. All babies are miracles, and every mother who bears a child is a hero.
This is true whether your child was 4 pounds or 10 pounds. If you had a vaginal delivery or a c-section. If you were in labour for 2 hours or for 20 hours. If you had an epidural, or did it all drug-free. Everybody's story is unique; everybody's pain tolerance level is different; everybody's experience is one-of-a-kind.
So rather than try to one-up each other, why don't we just celebrate with one another that we have been blessed with the world's greatest treasures!!