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November 21, 2008

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sazz

Thanks for that! Here are my answers:

When you think about your previous birth, what is your favorite moment?

Home alone with my partner, falling deep into the oxytocin and endorphin high, the warm candle-lit lounge room.

What moment do you try not to think about, or what moment still bothers you?

Immediate postpartum phase. I was too anxious about breastfeeding and getting it right and starting it asap that I didn't just relax and enjoy the first hour and let it all happen naturally. I rushed the babymoon, and didn't really slow down for the lotus birth.

What was your most brilliant moment?

Thursday morning when I realised I knew what to do and stopped looking to my support team to tell me what to do. Realising I was in second stage and I was going to find it a breeze was pretty fucking awesome too.

Who or what helped you most when you gave birth?

My partner being close. Never felt so intimate, cherished or high before. His touch literally eased the pain.

What was your first thought when you saw your baby?

Oh. My. God! She's not as blue as I thought she'd be/doesn't look like an alien to me (not that I knew she was a she yet).

If your baby could speak, what's the first thing it would thank you for?

My patience, allowing her all the time she needed to get out her way.

How did the journey of birth change you?

It was the intense experience I needed to transition from girl to woman. I went from desperately seeking approval from everyone around me and not valuing my own opinions about myself to a more secure adult. In conjuction with parenting and becoming a doula, birth has helped me let go of anxiety, frustration and anger that used to be the biggest part of me and I'm far more chilled and easy going than before.

What do you now know about yourself that you didn't know before?

I am strong (physically, emotionally and psychologically) and wise. I could birth in the wild all by myself if I so desired. My partner is perfect for me.

Kat

Thanks Sazz! A client just asked myself and the other apprentices at prenatals on Wednesday why we wanted to be midwives. We all agreed that we didn't really grow up until we gave birth and I would add that I didn't completely come into my own until I had a vaginal birth. There is something incredibly transformative about being allowed to birth on your own terms, drawing from your own inner strength.

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