1. Labor starts spontaneously (lots of times her water breaks)
2. Instant intense, unbearable pain
3. Damsel in distress either calls ambulance or seeks help
4. Pregnant woman is whisked away to the hospital to be saved by Doctors. How else could you have a healthy baby?
How are we to trust that are capable of natural childbirth when childbirth is so taboo? Why is it the one thing no one talks about? When you see someone with a newborn you ask, boy/girl? how much did she weigh? how long? whats her name? how old is she? While these are also important questions, one we should be asking is "How was your birth experience?"
When I go back and think about it now, I'm sure I'd lost faith in my body before I was even induced.
1. Being induced in the first place was my body failing. I didn't go into labor.
2. I needed an epidural. I couldn't handle the contractions on my own.
3. I pushed to no avail.
4. I needed a c-section.
5. The 1st few breastfeeding attempts didn't work.
After all of these "failures" in less than 24 hours, how could I trust my body? It had let me down in every way. Just as I had seen in SEVERAL tv shows about real women. Why did I feel like a failure when they seemed like they were on cloud nine? Why DO I crave such a natural birth process now? More importantly, why do I feel like such an outcast for wanting a natural birth?
I'll go back through the 1-5 on a positive note now that I'm in a happier place than delivery day.
1. My body didn't fail with needing to be induced. My Doctor failed by not letting labor happen naturally.
2. I needed an epidural because being induced is ridiculously painful. Also, I didn't take any pain management classes, so I didn't know what I was getting myself into.
3. I pushed lying flat on my back. The worst possible position. I pushed before I felt the urge. Because I was told to.
4. I needed a c-section because my Doctor was impatient. Impatient in many ways.
5. This was the 1st time I had breastfed a baby, and the 1st time my baby had tried to breastfeed. We were learning together. No one says its easy.
Now I can sit here and blame my Doctor all I want. But I am also to blame here. I needed to be more informed about childbirth, to ask more questions about things that were being done to me, and to ultimately choose a Doctor that had a natural approach to childbirth. Going to an Obstetrician that mostly does vaginal re-constructive surgery for a natural birth is like fitting a square peg into a round hole.
So, how does one regain faith in their body? I've started by absorbing all the knowledge I can. I've read countless books, magazines, blogs and birth stories. I've started exercising. I have and am successfully breastfeeding my now 9 month old baby. I have a mantra. (I am healthy, healed, and am able to give birth vaginally) I have lost all 55 lbs I gained during pregnancy, and 10 lbs extra! I have been drinking red raspberry leaf tea because its one of the few things out there that can help strengthen and tone the uterus. (mostly proven by midwives) And lastly, I've found a Doctor that not only allows VBACS, but SUPPORTS them. (and delivers over 30% VBACS a year) I am now confident in my bodies ability to grow, support, and nurture a baby. Finally I'm at the point where I'm excited to have another baby, to give my body a fair chance at childbirth. A fair, supportive, loving, nurturing chance.