1. (For those that have already had children): Before you had children, what were your thoughts and feelings about child bearing? How are these thoughts similar and different to Bella’s thoughts? Did those change when you learned you were pregnant like they did for Bella?
I always knew that i wanted to be a mother. It was what my body was designed to do and i always felt that my life wouldn't have had a purpose if i couldn't bring new life into the world. At the same time, there was never a moment in my life where i thought 'i'm ready to have children now'. I never felt broody or ready to settle down with family.
When i found out i was pregnant i had mixed feelings. The first was that i wasn't ready for this, that i didn't know how to be a mother, and the other was a sense of overwhelming joy.
So i guess my thoughts on childbearing never really changed, but i knew without a doubt that i would keep and protect this baby, especially when others were urging me to have an abortion due to complications with my health. I had made something so special with my husband that i couldn't bear to throw something like that away!
3. Was the pregnancy as unexpected for you as it was for Bella and Edward?
It was unexpected for me. I certainly wasn't planning for a child at the time!
4. Both Bella and Edward act fiercely to protect the ones they love. Do you think it is right for Bella to protect her baby before considering Edward’s needs?
I think Bella was absolutley right in protecting her child over what Edward wanted.
It's her body - only she should have the right to decide whether she should kill or keep the child. Sure, Edward was the father, but it was Bella who had to carry the child. If only Edward could have read Bella's mind and felt what she was feeling at the time, then perhaps things might have been different.
However, i can understand why others might say differently. In choosing to keep the child, Bella was pretty much sentencing Edward to death. he suffers from such a guilty complex, that for Bella to force Edward to watch her slowly fade away, knowing that it was his fault, must have tormented him endlessly.
But at the end of the day, the child is defenceless. Edward was not.
It wasn't the baby's fault that she was created in the first place. So Bella was right to put the needs of the child before her husband.