You posted a photo of “the moment” and it reminded me so much of my own. Especially because that moment is something I had waited for through 2 attempted vaginal births that turned into c-sections…
I was told I was broken.
I was told it would never happen and I couldn’t try.
I KNEW BETTER!
On April 2011, at 42w2d, I experienced THE moment.
I pushed out and caught my baby in the comfort of my own home (actually it was an unplanned unassisted HBA2C when the midwives didn’t make it in time). My husband supported me every step of the way and I couldn’t have been prouder of the team that we made.
I’m currently 8 months pregnant with my 4th and planning another home waterbirth. What’s amazing is that I never realized how much my HBA2C healed me until a few weeks ago when thinking of my upcoming birth. I realized I’m not even sad about those first 2 births anymore. In a way I am almost thankful for them because it was the heartbreaking lows of their births that has made me understand and appreciate just how miraculous and empowering a supported birth can be. The birth of my 3rd baby totally saved me- it gave me the confidence to face some pretty scary things in my life I’d been hiding from and it has given me the confidence to plan an unassisted birth sometime in the next 6 weeks or so. I am so excited for this upcoming birth. Everything just seems so perfect now and it blows my mind that I ever felt so much sadness from the first 2 births. It’s a sadness no woman should ever feel! Everyone should get to feel as magnificent and empowered as I do today!
A video I created of my two cesarean births: http://www.onetruemedia.com/otm_site/view_shared?p=a76117e7f38d98af7cd815
And the video of my successful HBA2C can be found here: http://animoto.com/play/ItYrcQPpRVsdz5dMKxhTUQ
Photo and the HBA2C video credit go to Crystal Turner at Indy Birth Photographer (indybirthphotographer.com)