11. Natural Birth Is Better
This myth is dangerous for two major reasons. One, it leads to the mom-shaming of those who choose a different option or who have no other option. Two, it may cause moms who believe this myth to resist procedures and medications necessary to prevent or overcome complications.
“All mothers should strive for the safest delivery, period,” Agueh urges.
12 and 13. No One Needs an Epidural / Everyone Needs an Epidural
“Pain is real and subjective and, if not controlled properly, can be a hindrance to effective labor,” Agueh says. “Every woman’s childbirth experience — and her capacity for pain — is different. Having an open mind about an epidural is healthier for both mother and baby.”
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