I have to start by saying that this post is much more personal than what I would normally post. I’m including many of the personal details that I would omit normally. I’m including them because I really want to encourage anyone considering natural childbirth by letting them know that it is bearable. You can do it and it is such a beautiful thing. After having a birth full of interventions with H and now experiencing a natural birth, I can’t imagine going back. An epidural is nice because you feel nothing, but the feelings I experienced having M are totally worth any pain I felt. So if this is too much information for you, I apologize. If you think you might not be comfortable reading a detailed (and rather long) birth story, this might be where you should stop reading. For the rest of you, I hope this story is a blessing to you.