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A Labor of Love

My daughter's birth day was the most amazing day of my life.  I know practically every mom says that and I guess I'm no different but it really was a dream come true.  I'd had trouble conceiving, so getting to the day of delivery was like crossing the finish line of the hardest race of my life.  It felt so good to be at the hospital, knowing that I would meet my daughter soon.

I had researched every possible thing about pregnancy and birth so when it came time for me to be induced because of medical complications, nothing about it caught me off guard. I was in complete control of myself and my surroundings and that allowed me to enter labor with the greatest feeling of peace. Of course, that's not to say that it was complete smooth sailing.  Birth hurts and labor is hard, there's no two ways about it. Yet, the preparation I did gave me the strength to make it through and I had my low-intervention, drug-free birth and it was perfect.

Looking back, I'm so thankful to have had such a positive birth experience. It definitely set me up for success when it came to managing those first few weeks. I was so proud of what I accomplished and I was so confident that I could handle whatever challenges that came next. Going without sleep and figuring out how to breastfeed weren't easy, but I had the strength to learn because I had such a positive mental state. Knowledge is power and I would tell any new mom to read and research as much as possible, because the greater your preparation, the greater peace you can feel.  Of course, labor is a physical process but your mental state is vital. You must believe in yourself and your ability to accomplish your goal of having your baby.  If I could, I would be the biggest loudest cheerleader for every laboring woman.  Just imagine me on your shoulder whispering “You can do it!  You're wonderful!  You have the strength!  You're amazing!”  

We all need support and encouragement in our lives, most of all when working to bring another life into this world.  I was surrounded with love and support the day my daughter was born and because of that, labor was a rewarding experience for me.  I wish that sentiment for every woman because we deserve it.