Does there have to be pain in childbirth? I believe the answer to that question is “no.” Do women experience pain in childbirth. The answer to that is “yes.” That leads to the next question – is pain in childbirth a bad thing?
There’s a lot of focus on painless birth in the natural birth community right now. I think that’s a great thing – it helps change talk about birth to something positive. But I think that women should know that sometimes childbirth does come with pain. And if you experience pain during birth, it doesn’t make your experience any less than a woman who had a birth with no pain (and even pleasure).
I could write more on this, but for now, listen to the second part of my interview with Wintergreen from Common Knowledge Trust. She and I discuss the issue of pain during childbirth – and we talk about the “work” of birth and how all women can do it (no matter what the situation).
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