I have so many ideas for blog topics running around in my head. Induction options? Vitamin K shot for newborns? Twin births? But none of them are jumping out at me. Instead I wanted to share what I believe about pregnancy and birth, and what I hope you will use to guide your pregnancy and birth also.
This world that we live in is full of negativity. Surrounding us there are others who tell us how we should feel, what we should look like, the "best" way to feed ourselves, even how much to drink! Individuality is rejected in the interest of averages, medians, "normal". But what about YOU? Are your needs the same as my needs? As your neighbor's or her sister's? NO WAY. Who is the best person to decide what you are capable of and what you need?
Here is what I believe about you.
I believe that your body is amazingly designed, and that it knows how to grow a healthy baby.
I believe that you are the best judge of how you are feeling during pregnancy, and that intuition is powerful.
I believe that you are capable of gathering information and making informed decisions for your health and that of your baby.
I believe that as your body grew a healthy baby, that it can and will give birth to a healthy baby.
That you know how to give birth in the same way that you know how to eat, drink, and breath.
I believe that YOU ARE THE EXPERT when it comes to YOUR pregnancy and birth.
What does all of this mean for you?
It means that although I have chosen certain paths for my own pregnancies and births, that I will not impose those upon you.
That I will provide as much information as you would like to have access to, but I will not insist on any particular reading material or choice.
I will always be the one whispering 'You can do this; I believe in you."
I look at birth from the perspective that our bodies are wonderfully made, and if we really believe that and work with the birth process and nourish our bodies properly, they will function optimally, most of the time!