Is there really any benefit in preparing for a birth when you’ve already had two previous births?
This week we’re speaking with Kelsey Rose, 2x birth center and newly homebirth mother. We’ll learn all about the differences in Kelsey’s experiences, as well as how she prepared for her change of birth location.
What an episode. As we head into this week’s roundup, I have a few discussion points that really stood out to me.
- Kelsey discussed how the membrane strips performed by her midwife with her first baby caused quite a bit of confusion and discomfort, and she wasn’t expecting them. There were several events that occurred without consent, and this is an important piece of information for moms to hear, as well as midwives. Mothers, remember that you have the right to decline. Midwives, remember that in order for a mother to be able to decline, she has to know what the intentions are. It’s vitally important for midwives and mothers to be on the same page as to what’s going on and to feel comfortable with the decisions being made.
- When it comes to creating your birth team, listen to your intuition. Kelsey felt like she “needed” a doula because duh, everyone says doulas a great, but when it came down to it, she really didn’t feel that that’s what this labor was asking of her. She honored that, and she’s grateful that she did. Listen, I love doulas, but it’s also important to remember that every situation is different, and leaning into prayer and your own intuition are the best ways to decide.
- Kelsey said several times just how loved she felt throughout the entire experience with her third baby. She was surrounded by a team who truly cared for her, and was there to support her. And THAT makes all the difference.
Okay, my friends. That’s all I’ve got for you today. I’ll see you back her next week