I am pregnant with my first and I am due in June. Often when I talk to other women about their births I hear the horror stories: the long painful labours, the disrespect from a nurse or a doctor, the emergency Cesarean sections. Rarely do I hear a woman say “I had an amazing birth” or “I loved giving birth”; but it does happen, and I think that the positive stories need to be told in order for woman to feel more confident and enthusiastic going into birth.
Ina May Gaskin wrote Ina May’s Guild to Childbirth, which was the first book that I ever read on childbirth. I love this book as the first half of the book is dedicated to telling different women’s positive birth stories. It got me excited about birth, not scared, and I think it is a huge contributor in my decision to become a doula and placenta encapsulation specialist.
As a doula I have had the privilege of being at a number of different births from 3 hour home births from first contraction to the baby being born, to 72 hour labour, to hospital births with all the bells and whistles. Every birth is different and beautiful in its own ways. There are joys, sorrows, and obstacles that must be overcome and through all the births I have attended the main thing that has stood out for me is the strength these birthing mothers possess. I think all births can be talked about in a positive light and I appreciate when I do find articles that empowers women in the birth process such as in this article Honesty regarding Natural Birth.
I am excited for birth. I know it will be hard. I know I will have challenges that I will have to overcome. I know I will have to work harder, both mentally and physically, than I have ever had to in my entire life. But I am ready for this challenger and this journey that is going to bring me into my new role of motherhood.