Man Gets Dragged After Telling Mums That They Really Don’t Need Epidurals When Giving Birth
Some random dude on the internet has decided that women — ALL WOMEN — really don’t need an epidural during labour because his wife didn’t require one when she gave birth.
I shit you not.
Writer Nicole Cliffe tweeted a screenshot of a Reddit post from an unnamed father of two who thought it would be a good idea to share his feelings about whether or not women really need an epidural.
This guy. pic.twitter.com/WIAV25opXD
— Nicole Cliffe (@Nicole_Cliffe) January 9, 2018
The screenshotted text reads: “Personal Opinion: My wife gave birth to two babies, 9lbs 10oz (10 hrs labour) and 8lbs 6oz (only 2 hrs for the second baby). No epidural. Women don’t NEED them at all. Never have. Since we only started using them in modern medicine. But hey, what do I know. I’m just the dude who held her hand through it twice.”
I like how he prefaced his statement with “Personal Opinion” like that gives him the right to dictate to every woman on the planet what they should do with their own bodies. Hey, it’s just my personal thoughts, ladies! We’re still allowed to have those right? Right?
It went exactly as expected. The deluded individual got spectacularly dragged by loads of women on Twitter, and happily, a fair number of men as well.
I’d like to break both of his legs and then tell him that he doesn’t need pain medication because they didn’t have it in olden times.
— Chelsea M. Cameron (@chel_c_cam) January 9, 2018
Oh. He can fuck *right* off.
— Audrey T. Carroll (@AudreyTCarroll) January 10, 2018
To be fair, having your hand squeezed feels exactly like childbirth.
— Oak (@tiredboredblog) January 9, 2018
My wife would have died in childbirth twice without necessary surgical intervention, but what do I know? —guy who held her hand in surgery
— Glenn Fleishman (@GlennF) January 9, 2018
I held my wife’s hand through two labours and what I learned was:
1. This was all my fault
2. I’m a bastard
3. She’s never doing that again
— Tim Whitehead (@SeriouslyTim) January 9, 2018
I had a 38 hour labor and the epidural for the last 6 absolutely saved my sanity and ability to bond with my baby. But what do I know, I’m only a woman who had a 38 hour labor.
— jaclyn (@j_n_foster) January 9, 2018
Having given birth both with and without an epidural, I can safely say I want to peel the skin off this man’s dick with a spiralizer and feed it to him.
— Donna Dickens (@MildlyAmused) January 10, 2018
This guy should get a colonoscopy without anesthesia.
— Cindy Wolff (@cindalawolff) January 9, 2018
Giving birth is not a competition, and there is no reward for drug or intervention-free delivery. There are also no rewards for telling half the population that they don’t need pain relief during the most universally agreed-upon painful thing a human being can go through. ESPECIALLY if you’ve never gone through it yourself, and EVEN MORE SO if you don’t have a uterus to begin with.
This absolute fartnugget and a half can go take a hike.
Source: Twitter/Nicole Cliffe and Giphy