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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Early Labor-One Woman's Birth Story

Labor is an interesting phenomenon.  It's really hard to tell when it really starts for one thing.  Sometimes contractions come and go, sometimes they start to get more difficult and then die off.  When I worked in L&D we sent home a good 1/3 of women who came simply because their labor at that point was not changing their cervix enough to stay.  For those who are wondering what to do during this confusing time, here's a good birth story about what one lady did who was in early labor for about 2-3 days(and this was not her first baby:)).  I think it shows how many factors go into what makes labor really start.  I thought it might also provide some ideas for those who are wondering "is this really it?"

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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.