This is a collaborative post. I’ve never written my birth stories on my blog, although I have mentioned them in passing. The truth is, neither birth went the way I wanted it to. I’d heard from friends before I had the girls that giving birth was empowering. It wasn’t for me. I was induced with both babies. My first birth was frightening and ill-informed. The second was lonely, with nobody there to fight my corner over the type of birth I wanted when the midwife wouldn’t listen to me. So when each baby finally came along, all I wanted to…

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