There are two words in the birth world that come with such a stigma,
it feels at times they could cause a war.
These two little words make some people's stomachs turn.
They make others angry.
They make others turn into educators and advocates.
They make some cringe and others scoff at the mere thought.
But to some they mean healing.
They mean a chance to meet their baby without fear and without anguish.
They mean freedom of choice and reclaiming their body.
There's times when making a choice to not feel the pains of labor is best:
When you know you will associate those pains with past abuse.
Or when those pains will remind you of a loss.
Or when PTSD of rape can come on without warning.
Or when the thoughts of labor pains bring on panic attacks.
Or when you just don't want to!
For too many, this is a reality they have to face when even deciding to get pregnant.
And sadly they then need to try to justify themselves
for their personal choices to others...
This stigma needs to go.
The JUDGMENT needs to go!
Your body is your own.
A planned cesarean can heal, in so many ways.
And who are we to judge what is right
and wrong for someone else's body, mind, and baby?
And no matter how or why you chose to birth the way you do,
we want it to be clear:
We hear your cries in the dark.
We stand with you.
And we support you.
Jessica Anne Dill