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Do you really need to prepare for birth?

 

Show Notes:

  • Amanda's plan with her first child was a beautiful birth center birth
  • The first 20 weeks of her pregnancy were full of sickness—  She even partially dislocated her shoulder after throwing up once.
  • After laboring for quite a while, her midwife came over to check her and see if she could go to the birth center.  She was checked and was only 2 cm, so she said they could not go to the birth center yet.
  • She began saying to herself during contractions, “Open, open, open.  Everything open.”  Her attention was specifically on opening and relaxing.
  • Suddenly, soon after getting out of the tub, she feels the fetal ejection reflex. 
    “Breathe this baby down?! I’m going to eject this baby across the state!”
  • The midwives made it just in time, and Amanda found out that what she thought were her insides coming out was actually just her baby’s head!
  • Once he came out, she was in a state of confusion.  He looked different than she’d expected, and she had clearly been through a shocking experience.  When her midwife said, “Do you want to hold him?” Amanda’s immediate response was, “No, who is that?!”
  • During her second pregnancy, she had Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction
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