If you know me, you know I have a passion for pregnancy and birth. I discovered @thebirthhour Podcast with Bryn Huntpalmer early in my pregnancy with Atticus. I remember making Thanksgiving pies last year listening to one of the episodes, and Bryn mentioned she was taking applications for people to tell their birth stories. I put down the pie crust and went straight to the computer and sent in my application. A year and another beautiful birth later my story is now live!😲 I wanted to tell all 8, and only had an hour. I was able to give a brief overview of each of them, but of course I could have talked all day. I f you are pregnant or just love listening to women talk about the power of birth you HAVE to listen to this podcast! The link to my story is below (I haven't listened to it yet, I'm actually really nervous🙈) I have learned so much from these women, and I know you will too! xo
"So tell me your HIGHEST vision for your birth experience." I sat in the midwife's office looking like a deer caught in the headlights, not knowing how to answer her or really even what she meant.
I spat off some nonsense response about not really knowing what I could afford and I was so early on in my pregnancy. (suffering major major major lack mentality)
The thing is, I had no idea.
I had no idea that I had options.
I had no idea that I could choose, that I could design my most empowering, beautiful, intimate birth experience.
I was 22. Scared, nervous, excited, and I felt alone,
I felt burdened, restricted, limited,
and I felt embarrassed.
I didn't know that I had options,
and I certainly didn't believe that I deserved them.
I feel sad for that girl, sitting there in that office feeling like the world had been dumped on her shoulders, just searching for some glimmer of hope and support.
I was searching for someone to tell me I was still a magnificent, respected woman with an abundantly bright future in store.
I was still loved. I was still going to be ok.
And yes, I still deserved the absolute F***ing best!
It's funny, I dreamed about growing up and becoming an OBGYN to deliver babies since I was 6 years old. But I never understood that women had the power and the opportunity to create a birth experience that brought her deep joy and set herself up for an easier, lighter, more freeing entry into motherhood.
Everything I'd ever heard, watched, or read about birth and motherhood depicted a scene of pain, fear, restriction, limits, and burdensome responsibility.
Ugh, my heart aches for women all over the world who have been made to believe that giving birth will be the worst pain she's ever felt so she needs to be drugged up to endure it and that becoming a mother means her life, her freedom, her individuality is lost and gone forever - that somehow the gift of a child came with the price of a "life sentence." Yes, I've literally heard those exact words used, many times.
I want women to know just how empowering giving birth can be. You want to feel like a badass warrior goddess? (Continued in comments...)
Jayme has had 8 unmedicated births. One was induced, 5 were in the hospital, and 3 were home water births. Each one was unique and has its own special story. She learned something new with each pregnancy. After her 7th baby, 9 years ago, she was sure her birthing career was over. But then Jayme met her current husband Ben (who had 2 children by adoption); and, they decided to have a baby together. She struggled a bit with getting pregnant. After finding out she had an autoimmune disorder called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, she tweaked her diet, took some supplements, and was able to get pregnant! Jayme knew she wanted a home water birth, and was supported 100% by her husband. As she prepared for the birth she took prenatal yoga (with her husband!) and attended a hypnobabies class. Even though she was almost 40, she had a completely uncomplicated pregnancy and delivery, and gave birth to her son, Atticus, who was 7lbs 10oz. Click the profile link or search The Birth Hour in iTunes or your favorite podcast app to listen. 🎧
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That moment at last when you bring your baby to your chest, and your tears mix with hers in a triumphant cry of ‘I did it!’
New Episode!! Stephanie @the.double.mama shares her unmedicated birth center and home birth Stories plus a postpartum experience finding out her son had a congenital heart defect. Click the profile link or search The Birth Hour in iTunes or your favorite podcast app to listen. 🎧 📷@lincolnandlucyphoto
This was 5 days postpartum—mesh panties, tangled dreads and all. But so full of bliss. James’s birth was my healing birth experience.
The funny thing is, I never knew I needed one! I was uneducated and such a child with my first so I gave the doctors the control and ended up induced and numb the last 4 hours of it. With my second, I had no connections to help me with a homebirth and ended up on Demerol but otherwise no interventions and a great recovery. But what I missed both of those times was the rite of passage. I missed swaying to the rhythm of the rushes. I missed laboring undisturbed and in control. I missed THE PEAK OF MY POWER..thinking I had reached my limits and then exceeding those limits. I missed the spiritual gifts that came from entering into that world of birthing wombmen. To have all of that now is the blessing and right of every wombman.
Don’t settle for a fetal monitor clenching your womb, an OB or nurse that doesn’t recognize or honor your power, or any birth you don’t define as magical—because you deserve this healing experience.
“There is something about watching your first born's reaction towards their new sibling.
They are hesitant.
They are excited.
They are contemplative.
They are in awe.
The whole dynamic changes, but you grow together and can't imagine life any other way. I love the look in this mama's eyes as she introduces these sisters to each other.” (Words and 📷 @elisehurstphotography)
Yessss! This is one of my favorite moments in every birth story!
After Kara and her husband got the surprise of a positive pregnancy test, they immediately began planning for a medication free hospital birth to follow in the footsteps of Kara’s mother and sisters-in-law. After receiving the diagnosis of fetal hydronephrosis at their anatomy scan, things seemed to go downhill. Kara began having trouble with weight gain and high blood pressure, although her doctor seemed unconcerned. At 36 weeks Kara was admitted to the hospital for a 24 hour urine screening. After the screening was completed, her protein levels were more elevated than expected and she was heading towards an emergency induction. Multiple interventions followed, and Dorsey Commander was born at 36 weeks weighing 6lb 7oz. Click the profile link or search The Birth Hour in iTunes or your favorite podcast app to listen. 🎧
Stunning image from one of my dear friends @maplehollowphotography. Seriously, birth is beautiful and we must stop the censorship of birth images in Instagram and FB. This momma totally rocked this VBAC! Face presentation is a variation of normal, not a reason for intervention.
@maplehollowphotography shares ・ Women are powerful.
To witness birth is to see the veil lift between this world and the one from which we came. What a privilege it is to be in the presence of such strength.
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