Friday, April 22, 2011

Mama 2 Mama



Update: To read the birth stories collected, click here


This post is to all you lovely Mamas!

I was reading through a book called Birthing From Withinwhich is a bit touchy-feely but has some great exercises. One of them was to talk to women about their birth stories. 

I would love to know yours.

Each birth story is like a love story, unique and sacred in its own way. Each of you brought a life (or lives) into this world in a way that happened just to you. 

So, if you want to share, I'd love to listen.

I'm a horrible question asker (reason #1 I didn't become a journalist), so luckily this book has a few to ask. If you want to address one or all of them, you can respond just to me with an email or leave a comment for the rest of the mamas to read.

 I would love to hear anything you wise women have to say.

Here's a few questions if you want to answer of of them:

What helped you most when you gave birth?

What was your spiritual experience of giving birth?

If you could do it over again, what would you do the same?

Is there anything you would do differently?

What do you wish you had known beforehand?


Mostly I'd just love to hear your story. Where did you give birth? Medicated or unmedicated? Was the father of the baby there and/or involved? Was it how you planned? What happened? Write as much or little as you want!

Thanks all you Mamas!

5 comments:

  1. I took lamaz classes with my Hubby and he definitely kept me focus during my contractions. He was was my support in the room.
    After you have the baby they put them right on you....it totally grosses me out thinking about it, but after all your hard work to deliver the baby I didn't care. I just wanted to hold and love on my lil girl.
    Every delivery is different....God knows what you can handle and what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger. I have had good and difficult deliveries. Just remember not to get Hung up on peoples horror stories because yours won't be exactly like theirs.
    If you think of any specific questions please ask and I will be more than happy to share. I know you will do great!

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  2. Beth Palmer

    I shared with you that it is so natural to work with your body. I loved giving birth to my two babies. Dave was supportive and involved through every step of my pregnancies. I also felt close to and related to Mary giving birth to our Savior in such humble circumstances. I wish we could have had more children, but since both pregnancies were high risk the doctor advised us to be happy with our boy and our girl. Dave cried at the arrival of both our babies as he cut the cord and welcomed them into the world. It was all a huge blessing!

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  3. We have done everything from a planned c-section to a home birth with every birth imaginable in between. The best book I have read was out of print but you may be able to get it from Amazon... A Midwife's Story by Penny Armstrong and Sheryl Feldman--- it reads like a novel and is outstanding. I am buying copies for all of my daughters. The other recommendation is Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin. Definitely a "touchy feely" side to it but fantastic information none the less. My heartfelt advice to you is PRAY and LET THE LORD LEAD! Trust HIm and your hubby. You will do great!
    Blessings,
    Cindy Strang
    P.S. I'll send my home phone thru FB and you can call me anytime you need anything! Will you be moving?

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  4. Hi Kaitlynn,

    I have been reading your blog for some time now and thought I would respond to this post since this is something I am quite passionate about.
    Here's my story. I woke up on the morning of my 39 week with some mild cramping (somewhat like menstraul cramps). I thought that was odd and when I called my doctor he told me to come on in to see if this was the real deal. On the way there my husband and I kept a video journal of everything that was happening. What time of day it was what emotiuons we were experiencing and we did it as if we were talking to our son (hoping that one day he'll watch this video himself). We got to the hospital at 6:00am and when they checked me it was determined that I was indeed in labor. My husband and I kept checking in with the camcorder every few hours, letting our "son" know that the time was approaching and soon we would be meeting him and how excited we were. I got my epidural at about 4 centimeters after they put me on pitocin (which may I say, is a VERY potent drug and I LOATHE it with a passion).
    I started pushing at about 12:00am and delivered Gabriel at 12:50am. It was the most incredible moment when they put him on my chest. The reward of working so hard to bring that baby into the world and then having him here finally is like nothing you have ever experienced.
    Here's the lowdown on what I REGRET and what I WILL NEVER REGRET:
    I regret that I did not walk, workout more with my first pregnancy. I was so concerned that I would hurt the baby by working out, that I was very out of shape when I delivered, and BELIEVE ME, this is something you need to be training for. You're like an athlete and this is your one chance to get it right. I'm positive it would have made my delivery a lot easier.
    I will never regret that I NEVER considered getting a cesarean. I wanted to have that baby naturally and was determined that unless the baby was in distress, I wouldn't get one. I really wanted to experience bringing my baby into the world the old fashioned way, and in a way, I almost welcomed the pain and difficulty that came with it.
    Here's what I wish someone would have told me prior to having Gabriel. The pain is TOTALLY tolerable. It's the unknown so there is always that concern but I promise you, you will be 100% fine. Giving birth was the most amazing thing I ever did and I LOVED every moment of it! :-)

    ~ Blanca "Lyon" Gleason

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  5. Blanca "Lyon" GleasonMay 7, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    Hi Kaitlynn,

    I have been reading your blog for some time now and thought I would respond to this post since this is something I am quite passionate about.
    Here's my story. I woke up on the morning of my 39 week with some mild cramping (somewhat like menstraul cramps). I thought that was odd and when I called my doctor he told me to come on in to see if this was the real deal. On the way there my husband and I kept a video journal of everything that was happening. What time of day it was what emotiuons we were experiencing and we did it as if we were talking to our son (hoping that one day he'll watch this video himself). We got to the hospital at 6:00am and when they checked me it was determined that I was indeed in labor. My husband and I kept checking in with the camcorder every few hours, letting our "son" know that the time was approaching and soon we would be meeting him and how excited we were. I got my epidural at about 4 centimeters after they put me on pitocin (which may I say, is a VERY potent drug and I LOATHE it with a passion).
    I started pushing at about 12:00am and delivered Gabriel at 12:50am. It was the most incredible moment when they put him on my chest. The reward of working so hard to bring that baby into the world and then having him here finally is like nothing you have ever experienced.
    Here's the lowdown on what I REGRET and what I WILL NEVER REGRET:
    I regret that I did not walk, workout more with my first pregnancy. I was so concerned that I would hurt the baby by working out, that I was very out of shape when I delivered, and BELIEVE ME, this is something you need to be training for. You're like an athlete and this is your one chance to get it right. I'm positive it would have made my delivery a lot easier.
    I will never regret that I NEVER considered getting a cesarean. I wanted to have that baby naturally and was determined that unless the baby was in distress, I wouldn't get one. I really wanted to experience bringing my baby into the world the old fashioned way, and in a way, I almost welcomed the pain and difficulty that came with it.
    Here's what I wish someone would have told me prior to having Gabriel. The pain is TOTALLY tolerable. It's the unknown so there is always that concern but I promise you, you will be 100% fine. Giving birth was the most amazing thing I ever did and I LOVED every moment of it! :-)

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