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National Childbirth Survey

7. Childbirth is an amazing experience.

Yes, labor hurts. But the survey shows that women are happy with their birth experience. Despite surprises, 95 percent report that they received satisfactory health care. And, in the weeks following delivery, 86 percent described themselves as "very competent" in their new mom roles. This is great news, and as women continue to educate themselves about childbirth, their confidence in and satisfaction with the experience will surely grow.

Kitty O'Callaghan is a freelance writer and mother of two boys in Brooklyn, New York.

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