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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Facing our fears

"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face". -Eleanor Roosevelt

I loved this quote as it could apply so well to birth. Facing our fears in birth help us to become better women and mothers. There are so many fears that we must overcome in the birthing process: the fear of pain, the fear of losing control, the fear of losing a life. Who we can become after we pass through these fears is interesting. I would love to hear your stories of facing your fears during childbirth and how that has helped you become who you are today as a woman and a mother. Drop a note here, on facebook, or e-mail,, and I'll compile a list of what women have gain.

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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.