"A c-section is not birth."See? That's me, eating my words.
I haven't stopped being bothered by it all week. Perhaps it's the close friends and family members who have had c-sections and read my blog, and the remorse that I would have for ever offending them or undermining their birth experiences.
Let me clarify- I am obsessed with labor and birth. Be it my own or others, I simply am in love with and infatuated by the whole process. Every time I witness a birth, whether in real life, through reading a story, or on a screen, it's like I am right there re-living that miracle and feeling everything the mother feels. So, for the purposes of "A Baby Story," I always find it a little bit of a disappointment to watch a birth via c-section because I don't get to experience the whole labor / delivery portion of it.
However, that's not to say that bringing a child into the world via c-section is not "birth." That was a poor choice of words. Make no mistake, I get teary-eyed every time a baby makes its appearance, whether it comes out on its own or is pulled from its mama's belly.
So if you happen to be one of those I've offended and I'm sensing your vibes, please forgive me. I meant no harm.