Childbirth is literally life changing, no matter the outcome. I love hearing every labor and delivery story imaginable: happy, sad, triumphant, and devastating. In my opinion, one birth story is the story of all universal human experience. Because I love childbirth stories so much, I asked moms to describe the one part of childbirth they actually miss because, believe it or not, bringing another human being into the world isn't all bad.
My own childbirth experiences are profound, to say the least. I hold each and every one of them in my heart. Hearing other mamas' stories even made me miss things about my own experiences that I had, for whatever reason, forgotten about. For example, and at the risk of sounding self-centered, I absolutely miss how intensely people cared for me when I was in labor. I'm a mom and a therapist, after all. The majority of my life is spent taking care of other people. Even though I am happy to be independent and strong, it was so nice to have people taking care of me while simultaneously acknowledging my strength. The only time I can think of that happening in my life, besides with my best friends and partner, is during childbirth.
If I'm totally honest, I also really miss the sleep I got in the hospital the last two times I gave birth. I had kids at home so sleep was a rare commodity. With that in mind, here's what a few other moms miss about that pivotal moment in their lives. I'm honored these 11 mamas trusted me with the parts of childbirth they miss: