For want of a better word: childbirth beyond pain

Could it be that this empathy and recognition is what women are desperately seeking when, whenever they sense the possibility of ears open to it, they reach to whatever inadequate language they have at their disposal to communicate what they transcended and the impact it had on them the day/s they gave birth?  Perhaps this is where the limitation of our bias in interpretation has had us misled. That what we've been hearing as horror stories all the while were attempts to tell the same secret as Laura Stavoe when she wrote, “There is a secret in our culture. It is not that childbirth is painful, but that women are strong.”

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Lucy de Pulford