I went to a baby shower recently. As often happens when women gather, the conversation turned to babies and birth. I was seated next to a lovely woman I had been acquainted with growing up, who had recently moved home to raise a family. We were sharing our very similar stories, when I told her that I had given birth at home and had a wonderful experience.
“I’m so jealous,” she said as she told me she had wanted a natural birth but ended up with a c-section. I could hear the disappointment and sadness in her voice.
“But I know all that matters is my baby was healthy in the end." She gave me a small smile.
I stopped her.