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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Gaining an understanding of our fears

I've deleted the last post I made, because it just didn't feel like what needed to be said:) Instead, I'm just going to mention how important I think it is to try and understand and gain as much knowledge we can about birth, labor, and what being a mother really means. This is an important part of overcoming our fears. When we can understand something, then we are better able to deal with it.

There are so many resources out there now a days for us to look at. On this blog I will add a list of some of my favorite resources. Now, I do tend to be more naturally inclined, so my resources will reflect that tendency. I do feel, though, that they will be useful to anyone. If anyone has a particular book or website they liked, please let me know and I'll check it out.

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Birth is a Journey: Does it have to be life changing?

  • One woman might have to climb on an overfilled boat, risking her life and nearly dying as she escapes over the ocean to come to this land. This experience could certainly be life altering. It may very well color the rest of her life, positively or negatively. (I overcame this amazing struggle and here I am triumphant! OR Holy crap, that was SO hard I don’t know if I can go on! By the way, neither response is “right”. No one would judge the woman with the 2nd response.)
  • One woman may buy an airplane ticket, sit on a comfortable 747 and fly to America with a nice smooth flight and landing. She is happy to be in America. Those welcoming her are glad she is here safe and sound. She may only travel by plane 2-4 times in her life, so it is pretty memorable. But the journey itself probably wouldn’t be life changing; it would simply be a journey.
  • One woman may learn to fly an ultra-light plane to lead a flock of geese into America teaching them to migrate. This experience could certainly be empowering and life altering.