Why Every Birth Story Should Be a Positive One
I think for most of us, the image of giving birth looks something like this . . .
And I also think it’s safe to say that this is pretty accurate for the majority of us!
With childbirth comes a whoooole lot of “maybe’s” and “who knows?” Sure, you can have the most detailed birth plan that you spent hours upon hours putting together. You were so proud of it, you even bought a fancy three ring binder to put it in, with color coded sections and just the right amount of bullet points.
But ya know what? That baby inside you doesn’t care about your plan. They don’t care when you want them to come. You are on their time now.
Everyone hopes and prays for quick and normal childbirth, and I pray that for everyone as well. But unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world, and things don’t always go as planned.
A lot can go wrong during childbirth. You might have planned for a vaginal birth, only to realize your baby had the umbilical cord wrapped around and so you had to have an emergency c-section. You might have planned to have an epidural so you could somewhat enjoy the experience, only to find out your blood work isn’t right and it would be medically unsafe for you to have one. So au natural it is.
You never know what could happen once you go into labor. Just do yourself a favor and take all those preconceived notions in your head, and throw them out!
Childbirth can be a truly traumatizing thing, it isn’t all rainbows and butterflies (I promise I’m not trying to scare you! Just keeping it real).
BUT . . .
You can still have a positive birth story, regardless of how your delivery went.
Why? Or better yet, HOW???
Well my dears, it’s simple. It’s because you are one tough, amazing mamma! After all that you went through, you *finally* have your little baby in your arms! You carried a little baby inside of your womb for 9 months (maybe less) and then you brought him/her into this world! That is truly a miracle, and such a beautiful thing that you should be proud of!
So maybe birth didn’t go as planned. Maybe you have a longer road to recovery than you thought. You birthed a mini you. You brought a new lifeinto this world! You are amazing, regardless of the steps you had to take to get there.
Having a c-section doesn’t make you any less of a mom. Going au naturaldoesn’t make you any better of a mom. There is no easy version to childbirth. So as mothers everywhere, we should come together and realize how amazing we ALL are, and stop trying to turn childbirth into a “who did it better” competition. Mommies everywhere, you rock!
Much love as always . . .
Written by Gabrielle Hatten for her blog, theunpretentiousmommy.