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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

VBAC attempt-a birth story

I wanted to post the birth story of my latest doula client.  This is from her own blog.

From my perspective, I probably would have made different choices, but I feel comfortable in knowing that I was able to be her advocate once I was there and all the decisions made were her own.  The only thing I wish I had done differently was come a lot earlier.  She went into the hospital not contracting and told me she'd call me.  She had a hard time doing that, though, so I finally just went in:)  I don't know if I would have been able to change the outcome, but I could have made her more comfortable:)  I think she did such a great job and had to make some hard decisions.  I applaud her for that.

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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.