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Overly dramatic depictions of childbirth have meant that too many mothers-to-be believe it is a process of endurance, rather than a means to an end.

16th April, 2011

‘I really need an epidural. I’m not going to be able to do it without one.” I eyeballed my obstetrician, trying to sound like I meant business, and failing to keep the wobble out of my voice. ‘‘You can absolutely have one. You have my word. I just can’t give it to you right now,” she said, closing over the manilla folder on her desk and nodding gently to signal that our consultation was over....

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