Needing to vent...
Maybe it's the different circles we run in....but a lot of birth stories I hear have aspects of regret. I was talking with my friend today who had a 4.5 hour labor with baby 1 (no drugs) and wanted the epidural with baby 2. She was also talked into pictocin which she didn't want, and her baby was born VERY fast, posterior, with her hand up by her head and NO pushing! She was delivered by a nurse. She is annoyed she got talked into pit when the baby could have come much more naturally on her own even with epidural.
I don't usually talk about my birth unless people ask, mostly because it's a very LONG story and I'd rather tell the whole thing than only one snippet. I had 39 hours of labor, 2 nights with no sleep, and most people hear that and think "horror show" when really it wasn't that terrible. I even enjoyed parts of it.
I think all stories have a place and if we as women take time to share them and the pain/joy we experience through them it helps to normalize the variations. I will say I believe many women jut don't know what it means to value themselves enough to have a voice in their care. Even though I had a pretty medical birth with DD and this baby will also have a more medical birth than I wish, I still claim my voice in the process.
However my guess is many women share their stories because they are seeking validation for the choices they did or didn't make.
I say keep telling your story, it is because of women like you I came to believe I could make real choices in my care and I deserved support. and that I was worthy of an empowering birth regardless where or how it happens.