I think somewhere deep down I've always known that I want to work with pregnant, birthing, & postpartum women. What was always a deep interest has really developed in to a passion, something that really makes my blood flow.
Childbirth is a powerful experience, and it is one that can either empower you, or traumatize you.
I believe all birth is beautiful. Whether you had a c-section or gave birth naked in the woods with no assistance. A human being grew inside of you, and then it came out. What a miracle.
Recently I have heard several women say that they had ill feelings toward their experience, comparing it to other women's births.
If you relate with that at all, I beg you to stop.
Own your story, even if it wasn't what you had planned. I have had 2 experience's with birthing babies, and neither of them went exactly as I had wanted. I dealt a lot with wishing my labor's/deliveries had been like the experiences of those around me. It wasn't until just recently that I stopped that. You know why? Because my story is uniquely mine, no one else on this planet earth knows what it was like to be me in that moment. I own it. I let it empower me as a women & as a mother.
So if you have been envying someone else experience, I just encourage you to embrace your unique, one of a kind story.
Own your emergency c-section. Own your 30 minute labor.
Own your 32 hour labor. Own your 4 hours of pushing.
Own your choice to have a natural birth. Own your choice to get an epidural.
This is Amber's story.
Her labor was long, and so incredibly hard.
Her strength & determination knew no bounds. One of my favorite things from the day was watching the interaction between her & her husband. I'm pretty sure Aaron never took his eyes off his wife, and I can only imagine how tortures it must be to watch your spouse be in that much agony, and not be able to do anything about it. He was ever present & encouraging, and it had me in tears more than once. Such love.
Meet Otto. 10lbs 14oz of pure joy.
Congrats Freisen Family, you are so blessed.
(on a side note: after days in labor and hours and hours of pushing, Amber still had a smile on her face and the room in stitches. Infectious joy)
[click "play" and take a journey to this couple's road to becoming parents]