Just adore this guest post from a new Birth Boot Camp teacher in Oregon! (Yes, we are everywhere!) Melissa is incredible and she says something that incredibly has been FORGOTTEN these days.
Women- they actually matter. The health and the happiness of the mother matters. It impacts her baby and their life together.
Let's not forget about mothers.
Birth Really Does Matter
When a group of women get together the conversation almost always comes around to childbirth. The memories and feelings of our births are so strong that they are imprinted on us for life. They are memories we want to share with one another good or bad, to talk through the pain or joy. From natural birth to cesarean we all have a story.
When I hear people say: As long as the mother and baby are okay, that’s all that really matters. - I cringe. Of course we want a healthy mother and baby. But don’t we want them physically and mentally healthy?
When a birth doesn’t go as planned the mother’s feelings are brushed aside. She is told to be thankful she and the baby are healthy. And she is thankful for that but there is so much more emotion, hopes and feelings that have been shattered. She just needs you to listen. She wants you to validate her feelings. They are real.
Birthing Mamas- Just because your first birth didn’t go as planned does NOT mean you are doomed for life. There are people out there who understand and want to help you educate yourself so you are able to make truly informed decisions. Birth can be amazing and joyful. It can be full of excitement and wonder. Each pregnancy is different just as each birth is different. Please don’t sell yourself short and miss this beautiful rite of passage.
My goal in becoming a natural childbirth educator is to empower women to stand up for themselves. I want to teach women that birth is a normal, natural process. Birthing women have choices and they do not deserve to be bullied into having unnecessary interventions.
Looking for natural birth classes in Corvallis Oregon? Call Melissa! She is awesome!
Melissa Meyer, BBCI