Before I was pregnant with my first child I had no idea what labor and delivery entailed. I knew the way Hollywood portrayed it. And I knew that there were options for drugs, cesareans for emergencies and maybe a few other things, but that was pretty much it. I didn’t know natural child birth was a thing. My plan after getting pregnant was to go to the hospital and have a baby. I would use drugs. There wasn’t much more planning than that. But a funny thing about pregnancy is that it lasts for nine months. And you can learn a lot while you are waiting for your bundle of joy to arrive.
Learning About Childbirth
My neighbor wanted to watch a video about childbirth. I do not think I even asked what it was called. She wasmy friend and a girl’s night sounded like fun so I showed
up. We watch Orgasmic Birth. The title should have been a clue and the first few minutes were interesting to say the least. But once the weird part was over. It ended up being a very informative birthing video. And started me on a path toward natural childbirth. It open my eyes to the beauty of childbirth.
I was still pretty sure that even though this idea was interesting, drugs were still the best option. Then I talked to another friend and another. More and more people were telling me about the wonder of childbirth. The pride in their stories made me continue to dig and dig. Finally, I decided to hire a doula. If I had been able to I would have also changed from a hospital to a birthing center.
I was ready for a natural child birth
I had done my research and I was ready for my son’s arrival but things did not go as planned. At a few days shy of 42 weeks I was induced. Labor was long. After approximately 24 hours I had to get an epidural. I was able to deliver my son vaginally after 32 hours of labor. The hospital staff was amazing and helped me bring my son into the world. I learned so much from the experience. Childbirth doesn’t always go as smoothly as the books lay it out. Having trained personnel by your side to help you bring your child into the world, no matter how it ends up natural, medicated or cesarean is an amazing feat. It is your story and you should be proud of what you accomplished.
Trying again for a natural child birth
I am pregnant again with another boy. This time I am planning on delivering at a midwifery with my husband and doula to support me through delivery. I am excited about the opportunity to deliver another beautiful baby into the world. I wonder if this time labor will start naturally. And what the birthing experience will be like. I know what what contractions are like (truthfully I probably forgot). I know I will be stretched and tested, but I cannot wait for this opportunity. And at the end of it I will get to meet the little boy who I feel dancing inside of me as I write this.
I am not worried how my birth story ends up going complications or without a hitch. It will be my story and I will share it with all of you. I want women to take pride in their childbirth stories. And this starts by sharing your story no matter what it is. All stories are powerful and are amazing accomplishments.
What was your childbirth experience like with your children or if you don’t have children yet what are you planning?