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15Consider History

Since the beginning of time women have birthed babies without epidurals or other interventions. Sometimes it's easy to forget how many women have gone before us. When you find that fear rises to the top of your mind, take a deep breath and remember that C-sections, as a regular

practice, are fairly new. The U.S. National Library of Medicine wrote a brief history of the C-section and stated, "it was only with increased urbanization and the growth of hospitals that the operation began to be performed routinely. Most rural births continued to be attended by midwives in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries..." Considering history can be a comforting force when faced with the present.

How can you go through with this process? Somehow, knowing millions of other women have done it bring the comfort necessary to proceed. If it doesn't completely fill the gap, then number #14 will!

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