I realize it's been forever since I've written. I've gone through every major life transition possible in the last time year: got married, moved twice, gave birth, had two grandmothers pass away. But it's about time to share my birth experience. I hope it is encouraging to any pregnant mothers out there who wish to have a natural child birth without any pain medication.
|My birth room|
My husband and I ended up not going to a birthing class. Dave was working second shift and we could never find the right time to go. With my background in neonatal development I really didn't feel I needed to pay for a class and we just got Dave several books that he read. We loved the Bradley Method and really followed that closely. It's all about the emotional sign post of labor and how to handle each phase.. I really worked hard in the months before labor to work on the breathing and visualization techniques. The type of pain experienced in labor and delivery, while extremely physical, is really emotionally and mentally controlled. I also watched several births on YouTube that were marked "pain free, natural labor and delivery".
In April, my church hosted a small conference for expectant mothers run by a woman who write a book on supernatural child birth. She's from England and has four kids of her own. She said to write out a prayer list to pray about before and during the birth, have a verse of meditation, and write out positive affirmation statements. Anyone who knows me knows I love writing lists for prayer. Every apartment I've ever had came with a long, detailed list of all my wants. Heck, even my husband came from a very specific prayer list. Why should my birth experience be any different? My statements were as follows:
I believe for a supernatural, pain free labor and delivery.
I believe I will not tear.
I believe for a 7-8 pound, healthy baby.
I believe in a peaceful birth without fear.
I believe for a quick labor.
I will not embrace fear or pain, but I choose to embrace peace and joy.
The verse I meditated on was Hebrews 4:9-11
I also fully believe that child birth was never meant to be painful. Pain in labor came with the curse at the fall of man. Jesus came to restore our original design, and with that how we were designed to be, including painless childbirths.
|Jennie, my long-time friend and birth coach; Simona, my midwife|