Before I was pregnant, the notion of childbirth absolutely terrified me. I would cringe at all the grisly details when other moms shared their birth stories. However, once I was actually pregnant myself, I stopped worrying about the birth. I guess it was a combination of accepting the inevitable and a classic case of denial. Let's face it, there are lies every pregnant woman tells herself to get through childbirth, and those lies are as necessary as they are false.
I managed to avoid thinking about the big day right up until I had to write out my birth plan. At that moment, when I had to actually articulate everything I hoped to experience, I was forced to consider every small detail and every wish for the very first day of my baby's life. Due to a series of complications and emergencies, however, almost all of my plans had to be vetoed or ignored. For example, I wanted to soak in the birthing pool, but I ended up needing an IV. I wanted my husband to cut the cord, but he was sent home sick. I wanted to save the cord blood, but it ruptured and couldn't be saved.
So even though I told myself a bunch of lies in order to avoid the reality of birth, that birth happened regardless and reality of it all was messy, unexpected, and, honestly, quite beautiful. So hey, if lying to yourself in the following ways helps you get through the intense and amazing experience that is labor and delivery, I say lie your face off.