Yeah I knew everything there was to know about parenting before I was a parent
So did a dearly beloved family member of mine - always "offering advice" because she knew a lot about a lot from nannying and young neices and nephews, etc - like the time Ds2 threw up on me with a high fever and wanted to nurse again and she said "Don't nurse him again that will make him throw up more!" (yeah what do you think I did?,
Then she had her very high needs baby
over a year ago, I feel really bad b/c she gets no support or help and she's very far away from me. Talk about a karmic bite in the ass.
My two first hospital births were the most painful, physically and emotionally because my ability to manage to work with the pain and discomfort was restricted, therby magnified, and when I knew to fight for freedom of movement, the very act of fighting was distracting from the hard work of labor. My UC's were painful (so much for exstatic birth, not that my heart was set on it or anything lol), especially my first one and THAT transistion...my last birth was the "least painful", the labor was shorter too. I walked and swayed until I was tired, and reclined so I could doze between contractions.