I just returned from a get together that my midwife, Cathy threw for all her mothers and our babies. I was just chatting with a good friend about the beauty found in natural labor and birth and what a shame it was that so many women surrender their right for that experience so willingly. Today, being surrounded by so many other women who chose to birth naturally was so energizing. I’m pretty sure this topic has become a passion of mine and I wish every woman would at least explore this option. I feel like the bottom line is that many are afraid that they are not strong enough to go through something so intense. I must admit, I had this concern at different points throughout my pregnancy. However, instead of hindering me, it gave me the motivation to be sure I was doing everything I could to be strong, to be prepared.
I found it difficult to leave the gathering as I thought about going out and facing all the other people who look at me weird when they learn my thoughts and opinions in regards to motherhood and birthing. I am saddened, truely, yet still empowered because I know I have chosen what is right for me and my children. I guess I need to be careful not to be so judgemental…every mother has her perogative, including those who feel differently about what I do. Cathy says it perfectly: “Nobody right, nobody wrong.”
I am blessed to feel and know that I am so much stronger than I think I am. We all are.