Childbirth isn't easy regardless, but some women experience particularly awful births. Whether it's things not going to plan, emergency situations, unexpected interventions, or even a traumatic surgery; a bad labor can be unbelievably difficult for the women who are forced to endure them. Still, those birth stories are still those women's to own, so I asked a few brave moms to share the one thing someone said that helped them through a difficult labor and delivery. When faced with the seemingly impossible, a kind phrase, supportive comment, or wise word can make all the difference.
My birth experience was nothing like I thought it would be. My pregnancy fantasies about birth involved me perched on a birthing ball, listening to whale songs and breathing serenely through the pain while my loving partner rubbed my back and told me I was a goddess. My birth reality? Well, I threw up in the hospital corridor, had a botched epidural, watched in horror as my husband was sent home with a debilitating migraine, and endured 48 hours of labor that ended with an emergency delivery. In other words, it was not the stuff of dreams.
Still, the people around me got me through (especially my birth coach, who just so happened to be my amazing mom) said some very supportive and hilarious things. For example, there was the hilarious moment when my mom forgot how to count during a big contraction and excitedly screamed, "One, two three, 4, 11, 12, nine, yay, you can do it!" Then, of course, there were the moments in those wee night hours when she said, "Tomorrow morning, you'll be a mom." So, with that in mind and because we can all use some happy these days, here are just a few of the inspiring, hilarious, or just downright supportive things people said to women going through particularly trying labors and deliveries.