For those of you who are contacting me about the quote supposedly by me in the recent article titled, "The Best Parenting Advice" in the special "Family" issue of Real Simple magazine, please know that my quote was "edited."
My original quote read, "When you are considering and preparing for the birth of your baby, think about where your focus should be. Are you raising a labor story? Or are you raising a child?"
What got printed was, "When pregnant, focus on your baby, not your birthing plan. Are you raising a labor story, or are you raising a child? A safe delivery is all that matters."
I never said a woman shouldn't develop a birthing plan. I never even mentioned a birth plan! In fact if you have read my posts you will know that I expect a woman to be well prepared and ready for labor, and if she isn't it bothers me. And I always respect a patient's birth plan.
Please don't write me hate mail until you have read my posts and know what I believe. Also, I never attacked anyone personally, so those of you writing me hate mail, please stop attacking me!
I take every word in every email very personally whether I should or not. So, I have removed my email contact information. Truthfully, I need to stop writing for a while...to get the negativity out of my life.
Thank you so much to those of you who have been so kind and supportive.