Today we read a blog post that encapsulates what every pregnant women needs to know about taking responsibility for her own pregnancy and birthing choices: The choices are always *yours*. If you don’t make them and enforce them, someone else *will* and only you know what is best for yourself and your baby.
I went into pregnancy and preparation for birth “willfully ignorant.” I’d never wanted to experience either, so my perspective on the whole thing was that of an outsider’s. As I started poking around about giving birth for the first time, I had some vague ideas about lowering the lighting in the room; maybe I’d wear one of my own gowns that I felt comfortable in. I didn’t want gawking strangers there while I delivered (I mean, how awkward is that?) and I thought it would be very cool if I could cut the baby’s cord, if it wasn’t too gross.