Don't feel guilty – get angry – take action!
Maybe in reading about my Tale of Two OC Moms you got a little mad about your own births. Or maybe you are happy you made the choices you did.
I read a great article in the Huffington Post where the author compared 2 births and how it effected the breastfeeding outcomes for these moms.
She talks about how some moms feel guilty if breastfeeding doesn’t work out for them, but how a lot of if a mom is successful with breastfeeding goes back to their birth experience and the hours right after birth. It has a huge impact. Hospitals often have policies in place that hurt the chances of breastfeeding being successful.
So I say the same thing about your birth, if you had a negative birth experience, don’t feel guilty, get angry and take action! Help make changes in the system.
One easy way to do this is to fill out The Birth Survey about your experience so other moms know about the care providers they are choosing.
Another easy thing to do, if you are a cesarean mom, or just a mom worried about the rise in cesareans: join ICAN. This is a great organization fighting the rise in cesareans and offering support to cesarean moms.