Accepting The Purpose, A Birth Story
What really matters about giving birth is being able to accept how you do it and the ability to look beyond the challenge of it. The process of labor is temporary. Labor contractions are commanding and demand your attention, but are manageable.
What I like about the following birth story is how this mom, with inner strength and determination, moved through her labor with confidence. She did consider an epidural and that would have been alright! Surprisingly her body beat her to it! Before she knew it she was fully dilated and baby was ready to be born! No epidural.
This mom remembered the purpose her body has as well as her ability to accept her own role in the labor process – meaning, she could work with her body or fight the experience out of fear.
This mom took my “Mindful Pregnancy and Birth” class. We focused a lot on meditation and reframing “labor pain” as something that doesn’t happen TO you – with no control, but something that presents from within and can be managed through mindset and self-calming techniques which also calm and enhance the physiology of labor.
: Hi, Lesly!
I took the “Mindful Pregnancy and Childbirth” class at MMH with you in April, along with my husband, Geoff. Wanted to let you know how things went for us!
I went into labor on my own on June 6th (two days after my due date). I was able to use one of the meditations from the CD, while I was laboring at home, and it was helpful to keep me focused. I was in labor at home for about 3 hours (very light contractions) before my water broke. I stayed home and was in labor for another 3.5 hours before my active labor really kicked in and the contractions became more painful and more frequent! Before the really active labor started, I went for a walk at home, as well as doing a meditation, as I mentioned. I stayed home for another two hours, just using the birthing ball, etc. because I wanted to be home as long as possible, before heading to MMH. By the time I got there, I was 4 cm dilated! After they had me hooked up to the required monitoring for 20 minutes, I took a walk in the labor and delivery unit (pausing for contractions!!) and went in the shower, etc. Finally, I was 6 cm dilated, and I wanted to go in the tub to deal with the p ain, but it was becoming more and more intense and while the tub was filling up, I got to the point, where I felt like I wanted an epidural (I had been trying to go as long as possible without it), but as it turned out, I was fully dilated and ready to push! I was able to do the whole thing with no drugs! It was so great to not get hooked up to an IV or anything! I found the preparations we did in the class to be very helpful – I was able to breathe through the contractions and although the pain was REALLY intense, I was able to remember that it was for a purpose.
So I wanted to say thanks! We found the class really helpful and were so happy with the way the labor and delivery went.
Hope you are well –
Name withheld for privacy, , 7/11/12
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