In sickness and in health A friend of mine spent the weekend nursing his sick girlfriend and it occurred to me that spending 24 hours or whatever in labour is a bit like being really sick for 24 hours. That sounds all wrong but what I am trying to say is you know when you get a really bad tummy bug or a flu and you feel just rotten for 3 days – 1 week and at the end the only reward is feeling well again? Well maybe labour is like that: you feel terrible, you can’t sleep, you’re in agony but it’s eventually over too and at the end you get the reward of labour being over and the best thing ever: a baby!

Am I terribly naive?

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