I am obsessed with birth stories. I could listen to women (and men) tell the stories of their little ones coming into the world all day, I actually waste away several afternoons browsing "birth stories" online. Each one is so very different, each perception is different, and the babes that are born change the lives of many in so many ways.
There is so much anxiety involved in the pregnancy leading up to these birth stories....anxiety of meeting the new little ones...anxiety of all going well with the birth...and naturally, the anxiety of having it go "according to the birth plan." This last anxiety, I'll tell you - is one to get rid of as soon as possible. You see, the one common theme in most birth stories is that things do NOT typically go according to plan. This doesn't mean that you shouldn't have a plan but I feel women should work hard to be prepared for whatever may happen, work to have an open mind, and work to put your trust in your midwives or doctors care.
All this, I've learned from experience. With the birth of our baby girl (now toddler) Madelyn, we were quite lucky to have been able to follow our plan almost exactly the way we wanted it. However, with the arrival of Henry & Clara - things could not have been more different (from the very beginning).
To read about the arrival of our new babes, Henry and Clara, click here.