The Childbirth Stories You Haven’t Heard


When Lee Roosevelt goes to a baby shower, “it opens the Pandora’s box of negative birth experiences,” says the midwife and clinical assistant professor in the University of Michigan School of Nursing. It’s not unusual for a guest to say something like, “When my cousin’s cousin first removed had her baby, the head came out and then the baby died,” Roosevelt says. “Showers are the worst.”
Social media isn’t any better, finds Dr. Shannon Clark, an OB-GYN and maternal-fetal medicine specialist at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. “Social media has allowed people to one-up each other on their birth horror stories,” she says. “You hardly ever hear, ‘I went in and I had a good labor and I delivered my baby,’ because that’s not catchy.”


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