A Horse to Water

You know the phrase, “you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make it drink”? This metaphor came up recently with a doula colleague as we discussed the frustration that can often be felt by the fact that we are powerless to make our clients choose things for their birth that we know from experience will likely end up sabotaging their best intentions. In this metaphor, our clients are the thirsty horses. For instance, they may want a vaginal birth yet choose a hospital or care provider that significantly reduces their chances of being successful. Or they may agree to a routine intervention that may conflict with their preferences rather than flexing their right to decline. As a doula it

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