There's a lot of preparation involved when becoming a parent, from readying your house to getting yourself pumped up for the actual delivery. Now, for those of you who skipped health class, there's two exits through which a baby can emerge: a vaginal delivery or via C-section incision. And did you know that being a feminist prepares you for a C-section? It's true! Well, it was true for me, anyway! I noticed that in many instances where I came across challenges or conflict regarding my birth, a lot of the basic tenets of feminism helped me through.
This isn't to say that being a feminist is going to ensure that you'll have a perfect C-section experience. Neither does it mean that if you had a bad C-section experience you've somehow failed a feminist purity test. Feelings about any birth can be complicated and weird, and I feel this is doubly true of C-sections. It also doesn't mean that you have to identify as a feminist to have a positive birth experience (but I think it helps).
Here are some of the ways I experienced a better than average C-section experience as a result of my feminist sensibilities: