Birth is a personal journey.
From the day I found out I was pregnant with my first child, I knew I wanted to experience a natural birth without the use of drugs or unnecessary interventions from my doctor. Before even beginning to educate myself on pregnancy and labor, there was one thing I was instinctively convinced of: women are ALL made to give birth and do not require much help when the time comes to bring their beautiful babies into the world.
I was never for one second afraid of my ability to give birth.
When my husband and I met with our childbirth instructor, this philosophy became a passion of mine.
There are so many misconceptions about birth, and about cesareans being truly 100% unavoidable. Every baby is different and so is every woman… failure to progress is not always a reason to speed things up or discuss cesarean birth, especially for a first baby.
I am a true believer that pregnancy and childbirth are not illnesses, and should not be treated as such. Medical interventions should always be a last resort, an emergency.
I soon realized that my biggest fear about labor was that my choices would not be respected. Luckily for me, however, I had a strong support system for both of my sons’ births. My husband and I researched our options and were ready to make the choices that were right for our babies.
In our case, it was to switch to a midwifery at 32 weeks pregnant with our first child. What felt like a nightmare at the time turned out to be a blessing in disguise. We did not want to feel pressured by any doctor telling us what we should or should not do in a situation other than an emergency. This bold, uncertain move resulted in two healthy pregnancies and natural births that changed my life.
Every expecting mom should feel the way I did throughout my pregnancies:
Educate yourself, do not give in to something that a doctor “pushes” if it doesn’t feel right, and trust that you were born to deliver your baby! Millions of women have done it before you, and you can do it too. Labor and delivery will not be the “nightmare” you have been taught to believe for years. It will be painful, yes, but manageable if you prepare for it. Powerful, beautiful, and beyond transformative.
I hope you enjoy browsing through my posts, and gain some confidence in the process. Birth doesn’t have to be a scary experience… even if our society (media, sources of entertainment, and modern medicine especially) seems to think it has to be.