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Friday, August 21, 2009

Stories of Empowerment-necessary c-section

I wanted to do a series of stories on empowerment. I specifically wanted to include stories from all sorts of births. This first one is from a woman who eventually had a c-section, but found empowerment in what happened.

"I listened to a story from a woman who had a baby a few weeks past her due date. She had been having contractions for weeks, but no baby to show for it. On the day of her labor induction, she put all of her trust and faith into her body and her midwife. And on the next day, and the next day, and the next day… She labored for days, but was never afraid, never lost faith, and never feared what her body was preparing her for because a midwife was by her side the entire time. When she was wheeled into the operating room for a c-section, she felt empowered, because she had done everything she could to give her body a chance to give birth, and this was the logical next step. She was so grateful to her midwife for advocating for her and helping to make sure she and her baby stayed healthy"*.

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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.