It’s amazing how much mothers judge other moms, when they know dammed well what it’s like to be a mom—they understand the numbing reality of being in charge of the physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing of another human, 24 hours a day…for every day into the foreseeable future. People who don’t have kids drop the ball and make the wrong decision all of the time. So it’s a miracle that moms who, on top of everything else in life, also need to keep a curious little one safe at all moments, even function. So many of the things we judge mothers on are things that, under the right circumstances, we’d also do. There’s no such thing as the “perfect” parent and sometimes, in the pursuit of perfection, parents need to make choices others don’t agree with, just so they can maintain their sanity or get a little rest. Here are things we need to stop judging moms for.
Epidural, natural birth, home birth, c-section—there are a lot of decisions to make when it comes time to release a baby from your body. You never quite know what the full story is, or why one choice was better for one mom, when it wouldn’t be for another. You also never quite know just how much pain someone is in during childbirth.