Well, I didn't have a *horrible* birth, but it was long enough to be *not good*, you know? Fifty-five hours of labor, two and half of pushing, we spent something like 6 hours on the edge of a C-section. So even though it turned out well, it's not exactly the kind of thing you'd choose to do again, kwim?
DH keeps asking how I can be willing to do that again. The best explanation I've come up with is that while it wasn't at all fun, I've done it once before, so I know I can do it again. It's like I've tested my strength, and found it to be enough. While I'm not looking forward to the test again, I'm not worried about it, because I know I can do it.
I guess if we were talking over tea, I'd remind you that as difficult as Emma's birth and first weeks were, you all three made it through successfully. You can do this. Just keep telling yourself you did it once, you can do it again.