In the quest for the “perfect birth,” I had a vaginal birth with an epidural, a C-section and an unmedicated VBAC. This is what I learned.
When I was pregnant, I had an idea of what the perfect birth looked like. We took the classes. We read the books. We practiced the meditation.
Actually giving birth is so very different from hearing about it in class, reading about it in a book, and visualizing it in your mind. As parents, we learn to make the best with the gifts given to us. Looking back on each of my three, very different births, I feel fortunate to have experienced a vaginal delivery with an epidural, a C-section and an unmediated VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean).
I am often asked, “Which was the easiest?” The honest truth is that each labor and d...