Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Birth Stories

Yes, I KNOW I just used this picture but I don't have any baby pictures of the kiddos on this computer.

I love to watch the baby shows...ALL of them...even the very medicalized ones. Those remind me what I don't want:

Fifteen people who aren't invited, standing around watching
Being strapped to the bed
Epidurals and pain meds
Being offered epidurals and pain meds every time a doctor enters the room
Being checked, prodded and poked every 20 minutes
Internal exams
Breaking waters
Not being able to walk or bounce or rock or lean on a wall or rotate my hips
Having to follow someone else's orders instead of my intuition
Being forced to push to the count of 10
Not getting to be the first (second?) person to hold my baby
My baby being whisked away and cleaned up and clamped and shot up and gooped up
Not getting to enjoy those precious first moments after birth all alone with just my husband and family
Noise and lights
I could go on and on.

Every birth is a miracle. And some women really don't care how they birth their babies as long as their babies come. And I understand that. I really do.

At the same time, I want to know there are other people having medical intervention FREE births. Homebirths, UC's, even hospital births where they are left alone (is that real in this day and age????). I want to know woman can still do it...ON THEIR OWN.

So today I want birth stories.

If you have a birth story post it in on your blog and Mr. Linky back here. If you have previously typed up your birth story, link that post back. (Click on the title of your post, right click it in the address bar...that will be the EXACT address....and come back and put that in the address line of Mr. Linky.) I would really love to hear some UC's and homebirths but I'm not opposed to natural birth stories with as few interventions AS POSSIBLE at the hospital. And of course, Csections and horror stories are allowed too. This is for everyone. Just do us a favor and title your Linky...induced hospital birth, emergency csection, etc.

As I recognized earlier, all birth is a miracle. Your birth story is important to you, no matter how the baby came. Today I want to be encouraged that woman are giving birth the way they have for centuries...except for the going out to the field to pick cotton minutes after giving birth. I hope you don't do that.

If you have pictures, OH PLEASE, show pictures. A video and you will be my bestest friend forever.

And I just want to point out that I'm not saying that a natural birth is the only right way or that you are not a good mom because you had an epidural. I KNOW what birth feels like and it hurts! You have your baby however feels right to you! I'm for that 100%. I support you. Today I ask that you support me as I seek a different kind of birth...a natural birth with few interventions.

I'll still want to read your birth story. All of them!


BrambleRose said...

dont' forget being offered to have your labor sped up every 5 minutes!!!!

hate that!

Date Girl said...

I'm so fascinated by birth stories. Maybe it's because I've never had a baby and I want to know as much as I possibly can. I want all the gory details, and the dos and don'ts. It's amazing how each birth is so different. I can't wait until it's my turn!

Melissa said...

Sorry, I messed up and entered mine twice! Maybe you will like it so much you will want to read it again:)

Heather said...

I just linked my slideshow of the fourth baby being born unassisted. I'm going to link the third baby being born unassisted also. My second baby was born at home with a midwife, and the midwife barely made it in the house before my daughter came. It was very empowering. Hopefully, I can find the blog I wrote about that birth and link it too. Unfortunately, my first baby's birth could have been on TLC's baby story. Full of unnecessary interventions, it left me feeling so out of control of my body.

adrienzgirl said...

Oh my goodness gracious! I literally would have died and probably my daughter too if I hadn't been in the hospital. As it were she was stuck in my birth canal. They threatened c-section after two, yes T-W-O epsiotomies. Um...NO! Cut from one end to the other I was not letting them split open my belly too!

I think anyone who can enjoy a home birth, more power to ya!!


EMILY G. said...

my birth story was not so fun...i was way to uneducated... and the next one will be diffrent..hopefully... love that picture though!!!

angie said...

I have quite the birth story with my twins........taught me to really appreciate the miracle of birth!

Andrea said...

I'm telling you...I would LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE (get it? haha) to have a midwife and have a more natural, relaxed birth this time around. BUT they just legalized midwives where I live in the past year (crazy, huh?!) so there are none in our city yet...just the dr.'s. Sigh. I definitely go as natural as they let me though...I refuse the drugs they offer me every 5 minutes, I told them not to even THINK about putting a cathedar in me, no to the vacuum, no to the episiotomy, no to anything else weird they want to do. They're pretty good...but let's just say that I am SO happy when I can finally get out of there and get away from the nurses who keep taking my baby away to "check them over" or something. :(

Mama-Dawn said...

I am linking you to my first child's birth - my son. I will do my daughter's in a while. If you hang around till April or so, you can have another one :)

Anonymous said...

Bravo, your opinion is useful