"I don’t feel traumatized from this birth. I got to go into labor on my own, I labored through strong contractions and felt amazing. I feel incredibly empowered by the fact that when ** hit the fan, I stayed calm. If I can focus on my breath through this, I can endure anything. And I know if you can fight back like you did, you most certainly can endure anything, too."
The elements of feeling empowered have to do with control. Here, this woman felt empowered because she was able to labor and work through contractions even though things were chaotic. I'm sure this also helped her baby get what oxygen it could because she was able to keep calm.
So how do we help women feel empowered? By allowing them to make choices and helping them to realize their own strengths no matter what the situation.