Not all births are ‘beautiful’ is the resounding message from Australian parenting blogger Stevie from MyTribeofSix.
Stevie has four children, and her youngest daughter, born in November last year, was delivered in a way that left her in immense pain and unable to hold her newborn.
“I couldn’t even hold her or look at her after she was born – not straight away. Not because of her, but because of me, what I just went through and the pain I was still in.”
It’s a story of raw honesty, when many birthing accounts can – as Stevie explains – add pressure to an already difficult situation.
“There’s all this pressure on how amazing it should be and what we should feel afterwards,” she wrote.
“It wasn’t positive at all. I didnt feel encouraged, I felt judged and forced into a birth I didn’t want and that could have been avoided.”