This last class was an interesting one to say the least. We learned so many new things, heard another couple argue during they're relaxation portion and I was actually hypnotized! I will touch on all of these but lets start with the part that has stuck with me the most. Claire's birth could not go as planned, of course I know this and have thought about this but this class we talked about actual reasons this could happen [she could be breech or traverse, she could arrive too early, I could get preeclampsia, and there could be a prolapsed umbilical cord]. Could these happen? Sure they could. Should I prepare myself emotionally for them? Of course. Do I plan on letting them take over my thoughts? No, not at all. My birth will be easy, natural, loving and exactly what Claire and I have been planning. Why? Because most births are able to be this way.
I know that if there is a drastic change in our birth plan that I will grieve, I am ok with that and Ryan and my family will be there for me during this time with no judgement. Obviously it is most important that Claire is healthy, that I am healthy and that she is born however she needs to be born. But I have been preparing, praying, learning and changing my life to welcome her the way I want to. It will be a 'loss' that I am sure I will need to grieve and move past and that is ok. I want to feel this all, I am not afraid of the feeling. I want it.
When I got home she had also sent me all of these resources that you can check out if you would like to.
Class 3 Resources:
Goer, The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth
Gaskin, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
Optimal Care in Childbirth: The Case for a Physiologic Approach