Like, Ashley I have not given birth nor did my own Mother have a C-section, but perhaps the expectation that this event will be: a "serene, natural childbirth" needs to be explored further.

I can't fathom how such a potentially grueling, physically and emotionally challenging event could ever be seen as serene. I think it is more like a marathon run, and those are pretty demanding and grueling and your chances of injury are increased. I also don't know what "natural" means in the childbirth context. Natural such as no intervention if something happens? Natural such as no painkillers? Are expectations surrounding such an event as childbirth need to be reexamined brought in line with what realistically can happen (as they did in the bad old days?)

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