Many of you have read my Birthing Journey. While it does not include the last two babies, it does show where I come from and the struggles I have had to overcome pertaining to giving birth. I have had everything from very medicated births to non-medicated births to C-Sections to VBACs. In fact, I am a VBA2C, which means I have had a vaginal birth after 2 cesareans.
I am very aware of what it is like to have a birth not go as planned.
Once upon a time, I was told…
While this person was not against birth plans in any way, shape, or form, she was against being so set in stone on your plan that you end up with blinders on that do not allow you to see alternatives and options. There is such a thing as being overprepared…especially when you don’t leave room for the unexpected.
Honestly, you can prepare for birth, but you’re never really PREPARED because giving birth to each child is as unique as the child you are giving birth to.
So, what am I doing to prepare here at 5 weeks out?
Well, first of all, I’m not making my due date an idol. So many women get hung up on a specific date, they forget that babies come when babies come. In fact, most doctors get hung up on a due date as well. I am blessed with a doctor who doesn’t see my due date as set in stone.
I am drinking Red Raspberry Leaf tea (at the end of pregnancy, you are supposed to be up to a quart per day…I haven’t managed this yet). I am doing this to help my uterus be more efficient. This is baby #8 and I figure it could use whatever help I can give.
I am practicing relaxing and breathing through the couple-a-day contractions I am having. I typically dilate early and these contractions give me opportunity to work on my relaxation skills (something that held me back with my first 3 births).
I have most things ready at home. Baby has a bed to sleep in and clothes and diapers. I’ll get to the car seat soon, and eventually, I’ll pack a hospital bag.
I have a birth plan in mind, but I also have no set-in-stone expectations. Things change constantly and I need to be flexible and able to think clearly. I prefer non-medicated, I prefer my husband catch baby and cut the cord, I prefer my OB be there, and I prefer to have baby with me skin to skin as soon as possible. I have a lot of other preferences as well and my husband is an amazing advocate for me, but we both know what it is like to have things change in a flash and all your preferences must go out the window.
It is because of this very fact, I decided to sit down and read through Mindy Brouse’s Make the Most of Your C-Section.
While I have no intentions of having another c-section, I’ve had two and I wanted to see what her take was on it since my first one was a nightmare and my second, while understandable, was not at all what I had hoped for. Let me just say, this ebook is phenomenal! In fact, there are a lot of tidbits of information that are quite useful to moms giving birth vaginally. But, what I liked best about this book was how it advocates for family-centered c-sections. I had never heard of such a thing, but after reading through her extensive definitions and ideas, I am a huge fan!
By the way, Mindy has had 6 C-Sections, so this woman knows her stuff and she knows how to advocate for herself when it comes to having the birth she wants, even when it includes surgery.
Today only, I am offering a quick giveaway of Mindy’s ebook
And I’m making it easy to enter. Just leave a comment telling me why you would like to win this book and then click the green button on the Rafflecoptor widget. (Email readers, please click over to the post on my blog to enter!) I’ll announce the winner tomorrow!