Want to know what I see in my face some 15 1/2 years ago...
I see a new mom who hasn't had food or drink in over 48 hrs.
A new mom who labored for 24 hrs, throwing up and dry heaving most of that time, confined to her bed by various wires.
A new mom who had multiple reactions to labor meds which sent my heart rate skyrocketing, then plummeting, then skyrocketing, then to plummet again. I see a new mom who, after 4 hrs of pushing, was rushed off for an emergency cesarean section.
I see tired. I see plum worn out. I see peace. And I see love.
I see a new mom, who had really wanted to birth with a midwife but chickened out b/c it was outside of the "norm". And I see a mom who fell under the weight of the cascade of interventions of modern childbirth.
I see a woman being built and chiseled and strengthened who would one day advocate for other women and encourage them to birth the way they want to.
I see a woman who went on to advocate for herself and later delivered her 3rd baby on her terms - naturally - no meds - no hospital bed (until SHE was ready) - no surgery - enabled - strengthened - and surrounded by people who believed in her.
Blessings to all the Birth Workers out there who are dedicated to encouraging women, healing old wounds, believing in birth, and creating a new norm.
Resources that have blessed me along the way: (I'll likely add to this list as I think of more :)
What resources have helped you to either prepare to birth your way, or to heal from a birth that didn't go as planned?