Being behind Birth Without Fear does effect me when preparing for my own birth(s) in many ways. Usually not positively. It’s hard to explain, but let’s say if your career is cleaning homes or being a chef, you may be too tired to want to clean your own home or cook a gourmet meal for yourself.
When I am sharing and hearing thousands of birth stories and affirmations all year and my job is to educate and inspire others…it’s hard to find that for myself. I’m not complaining, just trying to explain.
So here I am pregnant and about to give birth for the sixth time. To be completely honest, nothing has inspired me for my upcoming birth. I have LONG labors and overall, difficult births. I had five kids in seven years and each birth was incredibly different. I’m simply tired and the last thing I want to do is be in pain or push a baby out of my vagina. Is that too honest? Nah.
Then, last night I saw this and it hit me in the gut and inspired me.
Finally! For a woman who’s shortest labor was 20 hours and longest labor over 72 hours, this is was just what I needed to read. I love being inspired in unexpected ways. Sometimes a simple reminder such as, it doesn’t matter how slowly you go you as long as you don’t stop, is all that’s needed to have a shift of perspective.
No matter how this birth goes, I know that beard baby and I are going to rock it!