As a fitness teacher, doula, and woman I have noticed the when people share negative birth stories they inject fear into their listeners. The rise of induction rates and cesareans definitely has a lot to do with hospital practices, however, the sharing of negative birth stories also influences women’s decision to welcome and in some cases choose inductions and cesareans.
Choosing, breathing, and allowing. That’s how you give birth to anything: a delicious meal, a new business venture, or a new human being. Women have the ability to consciously choose to get pregnant. Therefore, they should have the choice to consciously birth. Women should have the choice of a midwife, a doula, and/or an OB/Gyn. Each has a specific toolbox that can support a woman during her labor and birth.