Wife to my own Superman, homeschooling mommy of 7,
perpetual learner, tiny home dweller, dreams of completing the Pacific Coast Trail, addicted to reality T.V. and all things birth.
Being a doula and servicing families has been a dream of mine since I was pregnant with my fourth child.
My first three hospital births were un-eventful and not very memorable. I felt like another piece in a bigger machine. I did what I was told, not knowing any better and assuming that I was always offered what was in my best interest. They handed me the baby and it was over, done, just like that....
A part of me began to catch on to the fact that there must be something more. With my fourth I looked into different options with the main goal of not being medically induced again. The more I looked, the more I found, and a whole new paradigm of birth options began to emerge. I started to understand that there were many options when it came to birth and some of those resonated with my being when they may not have
necessarily resonated with others. Could women have a part in designing their birth experience? One that reflected their
personal comfort levels, coping techniques, audience and
desires? Was the birth experience actually not a "one size fits all" diagram?
The difference in my experience between my first three births and my last four is dramatic. I'm not sure I can adequately put it into words...
I remember each detail of my last four births. My baby and I worked in tandem in a protected space and time where only the two of us existed. There were other people there; care givers, friends and family. I felt their love and support, but it was
peripheral. I was the main part of each of these labor and
deliveries. They were mine and I owned them. Here I discovered that there was a certain power in creating and bringing forth life, a sacred power.
Hearing others speak of their birth experience, I can often tell between those who feel that their birth was a process and those who felt that it was empowering. I have felt both. My goal now is to support every mother who desires to create and own her own birth experience.