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Are we as a generation more afraid of childbirth than our mothers and grandmothers?  Other than the wild and woolly placenta casserole brigade – just about every woman of a child bearing age is worried, or even scared of giving birth.  Is this because we are so used to making choices and being in control that the unknown is what we are really afraid of – or is it the good old-fashioned toe curling pain?

I realised how systemic this fear is, when doing the school run, listening into the gossip in the back of my car, punctuated by loud chomping on cheesy wotsits and slurping of apple juice, I heard the three girls, 9, 11 and 11 3/4 (not all mine, I hasten to add) discussing having babies.  One declared there was NO way she was ever going to do it as that was just gross and another said she really didn’t want to as it sounded like it really hurt.  The eldest showed how society has changed when she announced that if she really had to (cue eye rolling and a Beyonce style shake of her head), she would only do it if her boyfriend (I was wincing, thinking husband husband…)  stayed up the head end and chatted to her all the time to take her mind off the pain..

I am going to sign off this post with my badge of honour shining – 2 children, no epidurals, (more accident than design so no extra points there)  and yes – it hurt, a lot!  But then, I had my tonsils out at 36 – that made childbirth look like a walk in the park……

Vicky

Vicky read general arts at university. She then worked briefly in retail before slipping, largely by accident into early years teaching. Her speciality is the glittery smear somewhere between a four year olds nose and ear. She lives in a menagerie of cats, dogs and children with a husband who can't quite believe how he ended up amongst the chaos.

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Vicky read general arts at university. She then worked briefly in retail before slipping, largely by accident into early years teaching. Her speciality is the glittery smear somewhere between a four year olds nose and ear. She lives in a menagerie of cats, dogs and children with a husband who can't quite believe how he ended up amongst the chaos.
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