I'm afraid of most things in life, and childbirth was no exception. Before I experienced labor and delivery myself, I only heard horror stories from relatives and friends (and, of course, that one girl who had the easiest labor and delivery ever). So, honestly, why would I want to go through all that, especially when some of the terrifying thoughts I had while giving birth had a good chance of coming to fruition? Having a baby can be dangerous, and yet, there we are, at the mercy of nature and a tiny human forcing his, or her, way out of our bodies.
It should be said that my intention isn't to "scare" pregnant women who have yet to experience labor and delivery. Science is amazing, doctors are capable, midwives are wonderful, and while I can't speak for everyone, I'd say chances are extremely high that you, dear reader, will have a wonderful childbirth experience. It's just that, well, labor and deliver is scary. It's OK to admit you're a little uneasy. You don't have to walk into that room fear-free, or deny yourself very normal human reactions to something that's unknown and demands incredible physical, emotional, and mental labor. So, while this isn't a "you should be afraid," article, it is definitely an, "it's OK if you're afraid, because I was, too," article.
My first delivery was an induction due to my hypertension. All went well until my doctor considered the possibility of a c-section. Apparently my "lazy" baby was quite content staying right where she was, in the birth canal. I asked for just a little longer because I really didn't want to go that route (birth plans, you know?) and by the time my OB-GYN checked again, I was ready to push. Yes, I was glad to avoid the operating room, however, I'd be lying if I told you I didn't think my baby was destined to live in the birth canal forever (or that it would've bothered me because, hey, I could have just avoided the whole childbirth thing, right?)
After about 30 minutes of pushing (and screaming "get out of me" over and over) I welcomed my daughter into the world and thanked her for taking her sweet time while I writhed in pain. She's been bad with time management ever since, but at least she's out of my body. With that "fond" memory, here are some other terrifying thoughts I had while giving birth because, well, it's freaking scary.