Thursday, August 14, 2008

Tyson Jeffery Gently Birthed and Welcomed on July 25th

We welcomed a baby boy on July 25th at 8:10 PM. He was a wopping 9 lbs, 6oz and 22 inches long. We named him Tyson Jeffrey - Tyson in honor of my maternal grandmother and Jeffrey after his father! Labor and Birth were no less than amazing! I felt so so supported and my labor progressed so much faster.
More on my birth story later....

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Waiting for Baby!

Today I am patiently waiting for our baby to join us in the world. We are ready... I am ready to work with baby, to take baby's lead, in bringing him or her into the world gently and calmly. I will be laboring and birthing at home, as I did with my daughter, so we have put together an amazing birth team who will be my "drugs". The team and I will be using deep breathing, hypnosis, meditation, visualization, aromatherapy, massage, and other methods as my baby and I work through the labor and birth together!! I am so ready to embrace this amazing journey... to birth my baby with the strength and passion that has filled me up throughout my life and especially these last 9 months.
I wake up every 1.5-2 hours. Last night when I woke up at 5AM feeling a contraction (mild in the big picture), I decided to get up and sit with the baby and let the baby know that I was ready for him or her to join us in the world. I told baby that I was waiting to follow his or her lead... that I trusted him, myself and my body. I rubbed my belly as I talked to baby and sent emotional energy of love.
I cannot wait to embrace our baby, working towards joining us! Last pregnancy, I was told that birthing was similar to a marathon and I had run a marathon. As the contractions got stronger though, I went into a state of fear and tensed my whole body up!! This lead to a very long labor (36 hours). This time, I have worked to overcome my fear of the pain! I have come to see that I need to embrace the pain.... that this is a good pain. We are taught to fear pain in our society, to get rid of it by any means, that no pain is good pain... that there is no reason for pain.... I feel differently. There is so much to be gained from this pain. I will birth my baby free of all drugs, gently, with my family and birth team here to support me and welcome this baby as a miracle and a gift! Birth is a huge transformation - spiritually, emotionally and physically. Birthing a baby on my own, free of drugs and unnecessary interventions/technology brings an immense sense of being able to accomplish anything, of having a strong body, of starting off mothering with such strength, passsion, compassion, and immediate sense of bonding with baby!
I am ready baby..... we are all ready to welcome you to the world.