Originally Posted by funshine
I gave birth.
A physician attended the birth of my child.
My baby was not "delivered", nor was I "delivered" from anything. It really bothers me to hear that word used. To me it reflects soooo many negative and misinformed ideas that our society has about birth.
I can understand that feeling of not having given birth. I have occasionally said that Griffin was extracted from me because I don't feel that I gave birth to him. But that MD did not deliver me from anything, she put me in a traumatic situation that should not have happened. If anything, she delivered me into pain and suffering and self-doubt.
If a mother wants to consider her c/s(s) as birthing, I have no problem w/ that. It is up to her how she perceives it.
It is also a pet peeve of mine to hear, "So-and-so delivered my baby," or "I delivered my baby at..." I always say, "She was born at hosp/home." or "Dr. E/My MW caught her." (depending on which child we are talking about) I don't really find myself referring to "birthing" in conversation, though. For instance, I don't think I've ever said, "I birthed her at _____." Come to think of it, when talking about my 3rd baby, I usually say, "I had her at home." (It should be obvious that it was unmedicated and vaginal, but some people do still wonder how you had an epidural at home.) For my 2nd DD, first VBAC, I say, "I had a VBAC at ___ Hosp."
Did I ramble OT enough?