Sunday, September 23, 2007

Go Straight to the Chase

I am officially fourteen weeks pregnant and soon-to-be 15 weeks. Yes, I am one of those women who look ahead to see what to expect. I usually look to probably two weeks later, but I did something I usually don't do, I went straight to the end. Labor! has a host of videos that show childbirth, I watched two of them tonight, when I should have already been in bed. I watched a lady who was having a water birth and I witnessed how relaxing it can be. Different from what I'm used to, but very relaxing. Rather than the baby coming out screaming his head off, he calmly entered the world with a smooth transiton. Because babies have been in water for these nine months, it's a lot easier for them to adjust in their new environment. There's really no hospital close to me that has that option, so I didn't want to dwell on it for too long.

The other video showed a lady in a long labor process at home before she went to the hospital. The father of the baby was no where in sight, but boy did she have support. She had a doula, her mother and her sister. She went from calmly feeling the contractions to being completely irritable. I tried to imagine what this pain would feel like. I tried to liken it to menstrual cramps, but I think it's that to the 100th degree.

They showed the young lady assuming different positions in hope of getting the baby out. She took no medication and gave birth to the baby au natural. She stressed the importance of having support. I secretly wished my mom would fly down for the birth of the baby. I honestly believe if women had a more supportive team, many could do it without meds. I pray that I'll have atribe to help.

Labor isdefinitely serious business. I tip my hat off to every mother out there.


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