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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Pushing through the ring of fire

I was just listening to a clip from Ina May Gaskin, and in tha,t she said that she doesn't tell women to push through the ring of fire.  I thought this was interesting because I often hear people tell women that, and I've told women that.  But what Ms. Gaskin was saying is that this is the signal to stop and let your body stretch.  It's all theory, but it kind of made sense to me.  So I'm just passing it on to all you guys.  When that ring of fire comes, go ahead and stop pushing.  It won't hurt you and it won't hurt the babyand it may decrease the discomfort, .  Mind as well try.

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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.