The Green Baby's Birthday by Shannon

The Green Baby's Birthday by Shannon

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!

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A Planner's Birth Center Birth... And Hospital After-birth by Lindsay

 A Planner's Birth Center Birth... And Hospital After-birth by Lindsay

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. 

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