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Outside Voice: The Pain of Wanting to Protect My Daughter's Spirit and Knowing I Really Can't

Outside Voice is a series of stories by anonymous writers who need a safe space to share them. The following piece was written by a friend and reader of, and I am honoured to publish her story here.

When I got pregnant the first time, I didn't know the kind of pain I was in for.

I knew, of course, that pregnancy could be awful and that labour and delivery would surely be no picnic. Then there's the whole recovery and getting used to looking after a baby thing, which can be so, so, awful. And that's just with your standard, no complications, pregnancy and labour. There are so many things that can pile on top of that.