11/11/2014 04:32 pm ET Updated Nov 11, 2014

You Don't Get To Have An Opinion On How Anyone Gives Birth. Ever.

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Giving birth to a human being -- however it happens -- is a visceral, memorable and profound life experience. Why do so many people feel entitled to pass judgment on the way that anyone else makes it through?

You know what I mean. You've probably done it, even. Whether or not you've had a kid, you've probably texted about that friend from high school's TMI Facebook birth photos where you can basically see her vagina. You might've told the pregnant lady in the grocery store just how bad the pain is, so don't even think about trying to be a martyr because you should definitely get the meds, honey. This social tendency has practically been ingrained as tradition: passing on advice, mostly unsolicited, is part of almost every conversation about birth.

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