Four years ago, when I became pregnant with my first daughter, I was terrified. I had seen my sister give birth in a hospital after an elective induction, and it was frankly terrifying. I thought, if that’s what labor is, than give me an epidural! Throughout the pregnancy, I did plenty of research, and realized that my daughter’s birth story could be beautiful–and not scary. I ended up having a wonderful experience giving birth in a hospital.
When I got pregnant the second time, I was no longer scared, but I knew this time around I wanted it even better.