We need to see more positive and accurate examples of birth.

Photo of the author’s birth by Hanna Hill Photography

My birth instructor ended the last class by asking us moms to proudly share our birth stories with the world. We’d just finished a twelve-week Bradley Method course, and all the couples were planning unmedicated vaginal births. She said people usually hear only the horror stories. “Everyone wants to tell you all about the scary and unexpected, but the women who have normal, uneventful, or even easy births rarely go out of their way to tell you that everything went the way they had planned.”

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Alyssa Reynolds

Writer and childbirth educator. Duke ’11. Feminist stay-at-home mom. Empowering women to make decisions about their births and bodies.

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