When my husband and I first started talking about having kids, I immediately got to work researching. I am a researcher. It is one of my favorite things to do. I love finding out everything about something before jumping in.
In my research, I found many blogs and read hundreds of birth stories. One of the blogs I found was of an adorable family. The mother had started her blog as a letter to the baby she was carrying. I ended up going back to the beginning of her blog and reading every entry. There was just something I loved about their story.
Her home birth story is one of my all time favorite birth stories.
Here are some of my favorite quotes:
“Many little girls dream of their wedding day. That is their fairy tale. Not me. I dreamed of the day that I would get to have my baby at home, just like I had watched my mom have my brothers at home years before. It was all happening but in this fairy tale, I did not turn into a princess – I turned into an animal. One that moaned and groaned and crawled and grunted.”
“When your husband and 6 women who have had babies at home are telling you that you can do it you believe them. Even when you don’t believe it yourself.”
“It’s a brilliant design, labor. Just when you’re about to say, ‘I don’t think I can do this,’ just when you think you’ve pushed all that you can, something incredible happens: it ends. That glorious head finally makes it’s way out and then a little body squirms out quite easily and the room erupts. I told Michele this a few days later and she said that it’s great preparation for motherhood. Things are hard and then they’re harder and then they’re so hard that you want to quit — and then something amazing happens, like they laugh or smile or say your name or hug your neck.”
“It is worth it. And I pray that I get to do it again.”