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Endorphins are the name for the prize for natural childbirth and enduring the pain.


(I thought of that in the shower this morning. How obvious!)

I also thought of sending a gold star to every woman who doesn't have an epidural. We might use one pack in a week, don't you think? snort

(My epidural clients reading this... you DO know I believe there ARE reasons for having one. Don't doubt yours. Most of this is my personal backlash to these snide doctors and CNMs. Not at you and your choices. There is NO judgement regarding YOUR choices.)

(Is this backpedaling? I actually know how convoluted this topic is - perhaps this is my acknowlegement of such.)

Reader Comments (5)

Well said and ditto it all.


P.S. GR will be at medical student Niels Olson's site, Haversian Canal for June 13th. Consider submitting because of his interesting submission requirements which I will link below. He quotes Henci Goer and Penny Simkin for goodness sakes:



Why don't you send them a certificate with a gold star stuck to the top corner of it. It can say things on it about exactly why they do deserve a medal and why they should be proud of themselves for their accomplishment. It would be funny because then when nurses say that you don't get a medal or a gold star, the women could say, "well accually I do".

-Jennifer Z.

June 6, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This same thought occurred to me, too - I remembered how good I felt after pointlessly enduring all that unnecessary pain.

I think endorphins are the short-term reward. The memory is precious, but more than that, from my births I have taken a knowledge of myself and my own capabilities that means so much to me now. It helps me now, as a mother, to know that I'm able to work through difficulty.

Do I deserve a gold star? I don't know. But I'll take all I can get now, anything that helps me along the treacherous path of parenthood. And nothing, nothing, nothing has been of more use to me as a mom than the knowledge I gained through giving birth.

June 6, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterjenn

I read about a dad that had a gold medal made up and engraved for his wife. after she birthed her baby he gave it to her. He had faith in her. She wore it for the rest of her hosptial stay

June 6, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Can I have half a gold star? I ended up with a C/S and then got the spinal :-)


June 8, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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