A couple of birth stories have really brought to mind a mantra that was so beneficial to Bruss and I when we were laboring with Otter:
"We will give our baby the gift of the birth that she needs."
It was so important to us that we have undisturbed time, free of the pressure of "the clock" for things to happen, free of vaginal exams that have always been difficult for me due to past trauma, and most of all - we wanted to be free of any interventions.
Believe it or not, even though we were birthing at home, there were things our midwives were prepared to offer us to help "speed things up". We asked the two most important evaluation questions, "Is Mom okay? Is Baby okay?"
Once we were assured that we were both laboring beautifully with no signs of distress, we politely declined and kept on the course to birth - no interventions, no exams, no time pressure.
We knew that the best Birth-Day present we could give her was an undisturbed birth. Although it took a heck of a lot longer than we had anticipated since we were laboring out of the hospital (my labor always slowed when we transferred from our home environment to the planned hospital births), we were happy to give her just that: time, patience and the birth that she needed.
How this mantra applies to your story is going to be unique and individual. I would love to hear what you did to give your baby the birth that (s)he needed.
What did you do to give your baby the birth that (s)he needed?
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Want to read Otter's birth story? It's in two parts - startHERE
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