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Thursday, August 24, 2006

I am powerful: I am woman

It was terrifying. It was exhausting. It was by far the most powerful thing I have ever done. It was one of the most normal things in the world.

I laughed. I sobbed. I doubted. I rocked back and forth. I growled. I screamed. I swore. I sang Johnny Cash's Ring Of Fire between contractions. But mostly, I trusted my body. I gave birth--without drugs.

The female body is amazing.


  1. Are you addicted yet?

    I had my second like that, and I was PUMPED when it was all over! Now I do it at home, just so that they'll leave me alone and not subject me to their "protocols" (ie: tie me down!). If I want to "dance" while I'm growling ---so be it!

    I am woman....hear me ROAR! LOL!

  2. I admire your womanly power. I labored for 40 hours and with a "failure to progress", having only dilated to 6cm and my waters already broken, i had a c-section.

    I might have died 100 years ago? my baby might have died? we both might have? it is so weird to think that my otherwise radiantly womanly body couldn't perform this most womanly of tasks.

    But what the hell, it's now, and we CAN have c-sections and me and my baby are both alive and kicking. I like that i can tell y'all about it. :-)

  3. You are amazing- I am prud to have read this! I am a natural birth junkie with baby number 3 due in March.
    It is by far the best experience. Birth is amazing. What you were able to give yourself- many women dream of being able to do!
    Way to go!

  4. Anonymous9:34 AM

    yeah, yeah, been there, done that, 3 times over... big deal. I have no idea why any woman would have drugs. Perhaps the only thing worse than having drugs is telling everyone in the world that you DIDN'T have drugs.
    And what the hell kind of hospital ties a woman down when they're giving birth? Don't you have a voice? Simply tell your dr/midwife/OB nurse what you want, you twit!