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Stages of Labor


Well, he’s finally here! On November 10, 2014, I gave birth to my baby boy. In the comic, we’re going to call him “Sam”. Sam wasn’t born without a few difficulties. In fact, I’m currently updating this from the hospital; almost a week after Sam’s birth. Poor guy is in the NICU, but we believe things are improving and he’ll be home soon (fingers crossed!) I’ll give a bigger explanation about the birthing adventures of Sam, as soon as I collect my thoughts and put together his birth story.

I will say nothing really went as planned. I was hoping for a natural childbirth, but….the pain. Oh, the pain! I tapped out at 8 cm dilated and got the dreaded epidural. Again, the details of this are for another day, but for now I’ll say this: Having a baby hurts like hell.

If you’re a new reader of the comic, I typically try to do strips that are not necessarily specific to my experience, but obviously this one is about my personal experience in labor. Plenty of women have natural childbirths. I don’t know how they do it (Witchcraft?) but I’ve been told that it can, in fact, be accomplished.

Also, The Ricki Lake thing is a reference to her movie, The Business of Being Born. My husband didn’t get the joke, but I figured those of you who have ever tried for a natural childbirth know about it.

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Chelsea Carr has been cartooning for over ten years. Currently, she works as the editorial cartoonist for Harford County’s The Aegis and The Record. She has also had her work included in MAD Magazine, b, and Baltimore’s City Paper. Chelsea holds a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute, College of Art (2005) and an M.A.T. from Johns Hopkins University (2011.) In addition to cartooning and being a first-time mother, she has worked as an elementary school art teacher.

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  1. I wanna give birth naturally. No meds, no inducing etc etc & definitley not lying on my back. Subject to change 10 minutes in labor

  2. I had an epidural with my first baby. I wanted to do natural, but it was hard enough with it being my first and not knowing what to REALLY expect was super scary (I’m a control freak).

    I did have the next two naturally though. Hypnosis (mind over matter x10, not witchcraft) with baby 2, gumption with baby 3 (I started natural, asked for an epidural too late, and by the time it got to my room I was already starting to push).

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