Comparisons… Why do we do it to ourselves?

Comparison is the thief of joy. So said Teddy Roosevelt, our 26th President. I’m guessing that he was not talking about women and their birth experiences, but this quote absolutely applies to what can happen when we compare our own birth stories with others. Recently I facilitated a postpartum support group for new parents and […]

Either/Or? How About Yes/And?

During introductions on the first night of class, Janet* sat up, told us her name, and added: “I’m planning on getting the epidural – and you can’t talk me out of it!” She pointed straight at me when she said this and I threw up my hands in mock defense replying, “I’m not going to […]