As my due date drew near I became more excited to finally be able to nurse my little one. I did lots of research and attended any class I could. I was very thankful to have my partner by my side to support me! Even now, he is wonderful!Read More
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I spoke to my doula, Charlie Rae Young (she’s the best!) at eight am, while sitting on my birth ball. I wanted to get off the phone with her as a contraction came, because I knew I was going to be REALLY loud. She wisely insisted that I stay on the phone with her through it. My daughter kept trying to talk to me about something, I don’t remember what, and I kept trying to Shh her. Can’t a mama have a minute to focus? These contractions were intense!Read More
My body continued to push with each contraction, and I was just along for the ride. As soon as the baby popped out, David whispered into my ear that we had another boy. It was music to my ears. I just knew we were having a boy.Read More
As contractions came, and throughout the entire labor, I had an internal dialogue going on in my head. It was such a different experience, I was present in the room and could hear the conversations and what my mom or Brian were saying to me but I felt as if I was in my own little world. I kept going back to the birth stories I had read in Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin and repeating a lot of the positive affirmations that women used in those stories.Read More
For a brief moment, I feared that this was the same thing that happened to me with my daughter; that my water broke and now I would have to struggle to get labor started and be put on a time clock. I then giggled and told my husband that at least contractions began before my water broke, and that seemed to ease my spirits.Read More