An unnamed man who said that women don’t need epidurals ‘at all’ has been heavily criticised on social media after a tweet went viral.
The interesting ‘personal opinion’ was found online by writer Nicole Cliffe, who shared the screenshot on Twitter.
The original post, presumed to be from initially shared on Reddit, read: ‘Personal Opinion: My wife gave birth to two babies, 9lbs 10oz (10 hrs labor) 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.’
The controversial opinion didn’t go down well with many people on social media, who heavily criticised the man for his remark.
One said: ‘And we also used to have people bite on sticks rather than use anesthesia for surgery, yet here we are. Child birth is not the pain olympics’.
A second commented: ‘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.’
While a third suggested maybe he should have a similar experience: ‘How about a vasectomy with no pain meds for him as a hero cookie?’
And it wasn’t just women tweeting in defence of the epidural, with men also getting involved.
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One said: ‘My wife wanted to do natural childbirth. I supported her. Then halfway through 37 hours of labor the pain became unbearable, so she got the epidural. I supported her. 2nd child, straight to epidural. What do I know; she was the one in pain. –Guy who could only hold her hand.’
Another acknowledge how ‘infuriating’ the man’s tweet was: ‘Very similar here. Was very disappointing to her. That dude dismissing all women’s pain is so infuriating and gaslighting’.
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