do most people just not challenge their bodies, or endure any other kind of pain in today's society and therefotre childbirth *is* really the hardest thing they have (or maybe will) ever do? I'm struggling to understand because if what I've read here is normal then I may be doing a disservice in my childbirth classes by my opinion that it's work but not terrible or suffering kind of pain.
if you are painting a one sided, rosey picture of birth to your class, maybe you are doing a disservice. it's ok to present that as your experience, but it's not a universal one. i think birth should be seen as a miraculous experience, but there's no reason to gloss over the difficult painful side. that's just as real for many people. you can express your experience without invalidating anyone elses.
i assume if you are teaching some kind of childbirth class, it's because you care about women, and want them to have to best experience possible. that's commendable. it occurs to me though, that some of your students may end up feeling like failures or morons if they find themselves in overwhelming pain. they'll remember how you said it wasn't *that* bad, etc, and wonder what's wrong with them.
i'm thinking it would be better to try to support everyone's experience, not just the people who have a similar one to yours...