Every birth experience is different. Seriously, despite what some may tell you, there's no right or wrong way to give birth. I didn’t even know that birth shaming was a thing until I gave birth and then all the self-righteous and opinionated people seemed to come out of the woodwork.

Was my birth natural? Was my birth a cesarean? Did I have an epidural? A spinal? I quickly learned to grow a thick skin and not care when I replied that I had a spinal and a c-section. The fact of the matter is that I walked into my birthing experience with no expectations other than delivering a healthy baby whichever way my doctors felt was the safest for me and for my son. And in the end, emergency surgery was absolutely necessary. What's more, I wouldn’t have my precious gift if not for it.

In some ways, I do wish that I’d been able to have a natural birth because literally being gutted isn’t exactly a walk in the park. Healing took forever and I’ve got permanent nerve damage, but that's a small price to pay for love.

Before everything hit the fan, my doctor had suggested I think about whether or not I wanted to play music while I was giving birth. My doc explained that he knew what part music plays in my life and thought that if I made a playlist it might make the experience easier for me. I never got to that point because my son arrived early before I could even put together a list of songs and I’m kind of glad because I didn’t have any of these on my brain, but if I ever get pregnant again and put together a list, these will definitely be on it.

A bunch of moms were asked which songs they thought were the best to give birth to and the number song choice was Elton John's "The Circle of Life." Also on the list was "Roar" by Katy Perry, "I'm Coming Out" by Diana Ross, and "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. Check out the entire list here.

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