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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Experiencing support

"Last night I had a dream that I was laboring in a strange place with people I didn't know, and I had no doula or midwife to support me... not even my husband. Some strange man was telling me what to do. THAT was scary"*

I'm afraid that too many birthing women have this experience. I have found it to be so important that we give women a better experience than that. In fact, one of Lamaze International's healthy birth practices is continuous support. You can read their recommendations regarding this at this link: Healthy Birth Practice #3

Some of my favorite experiences have centered around being supported and providing support during labor. I thought I'd compile some of my posts centered around support and post them. So here they are for those who are interested.

*This dream was sent to me by a friend of mine. You can find her blog at

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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.