An interesting article from Sarah Blackwood that I like in many parts and disagree with too in some. “Monstrous Births: Pushing back against empowerment in childbirth” in The Hairpin.
My surgical births have provided me with a wonderfully warped view and I would not trade them. This is not because “all that matters is a healthy baby” (perhaps the most misogynistic phrase in all of postpartum language). But because as a parent, I feel like I have been afforded a vantage point that not everyone else has: I meet other parents in my neighborhood and have a hard time working up any of the same anxieties over picky eating or educational philosophies. “Who cares?! What does it matter?!” I want to lovingly shout at them. “We’ve all been wounded! Ripped apart from one another! It’s astonishing!”