Remember the game “Telephone” ? One person would create a statement then whisper it to someone else and they would repeat it to someone else and so on. Often what the original statement was, would morph totally into something else by the end of the line or the last person receiving it!
What you hear about childbirth experiences of other women does the same thing. We weren’t there. Besides, the experience of birth is so emotional, most of what we hear is from an emotional point of view, not a factual one. So birth stories can get very distorted.
Understand that although there are fragments of someone’s birth story that is true, there may be a large part distorted by their emotions generated from it which will affect others and you.
We tend to believe what we hear through the “telephone” line without question.
But, we weren’t there.
Rumors about childbirth are rampant. They’re unfair to you causing you unnecessary anxiety about your own pregnancy and near labor experience.
The best thing to do is to stay focused on yourself , your partner,and your own pregnancy and upcoming birth of your baby. This is the only experience you know to be true because it’s happening to you. It belongs to you. Your story is your own and what you choose to make of it, regardless of what you hear.
Avoid the rumors, avoid participating in the “telephone” game. You’ll be glad you did.