My dear friend, Lindsey, over at Mother Rising, a super fabulous, pregnancy and birth blog, is hosting a link up carnival of birth story posts in honor of Labor Day. She also asked a couple of questions to supplement any original birth story link ups. Me being the over achiever that I am, I thought I would answer all four of her questions. And I didn’t really have anything planned to post today, so there’s that too.
What was my most brilliant moment?
Hmmm, this one was kind of tough. I honestly, think I was mightily bad ass the whole time. I had no doula (stupid, stupid, stupid). My midwife, midwife assistant and husband were all pretty much asleep the whole time, as I labored alone. Which is exactly how I wanted it, I am just saying, I didn’t have someone telling me how awesome I was the whole time or really witnessing my awesomeness. But I think my most brilliant moment, is when I was in the water, totally relaxed, coping perfectly with each contraction, even getting a little rest. I had this epiphany, that if I stayed here, I would labor like this for hours and hours making progress, but very slowly. I made the decision, to get up out of the water. I hurled myself out of the water and made my way to the toilet. It hurt a whole hell of a lot more, but I knew that I could either sit there and play it safe or get out and get this show on the road. I met my fear of more pain, head on, and decided to walk straight through it.
What is one thing my partner did that really made a difference?
I really liked when he played my crystal bowl for me. It was pretty amazing, whenever he played it, the pain was much more bearable.
What is my favorite moment?
45 minutes after my first contraction, in the bath tub, when I realized, this. is. happening.
What was one moment of holy terror I had and how did I get through it?
When my water broke and I saw some green amniotic fluid. I panicked for a moment, but I was able to very quickly tap back into my authentic self and check in with my intuition and I knew everything was fine.
You can read the rest of my birth story here.
I would LOVE to hear more about your labor awesomeness, so answer one of Lindsey’s questions in the comment section for me!
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