‘I just wanted to share this with you. It is the beginning of a rather wonderful email I got from a woman in one of my classes who faced with placenta previa was admitted into hospital early and had to have a c-section, all on the back of really diligent preparation for a natural birth.
Her words are an absolute lesson in why women need to prepare for birth no matter how it turns out, and to feel that they are wise to its nuances. They are also testament to the extraordinary support one gets from feeling a part of a community instead of isolated and alone.Instead of facing the unknown with fear, she mustered up courage. Instead of lamenting what ws happening to her, she held her head high and dealt with it.
Birth requires you to be brave. Whether you are choosing to give birth without drugs or you are faced with a c-section, either way, you need to be brave. In fact, to become a mother at all you need to have endless courage and to get it, not only do we often need to dig deep, but we need to prepare and to feel supported. And if we do, and if we are, we truly can face anything.
‘I thought I would write to let you know that Arthur the Acorn was born on Friday 12th at 8.15 weighing just under eight pounds. I wanted to thank you for all your help over the last few months. The yoga has been a complete joy - as much as the actual yoga itself, coming into a group of such lovely, friendly ladies, all struggling with worries and anxieties about their bumps and life afterwards, laughing about waddling and puffy feet, and being reassured and coaxed towards the inevitable by your superb lectures. Because of all this, when it came to the inconvenience of being in hospital, the mild panic of contractions starting, and the sheer terror of walking into theatre, I did not feel alone. As scared as I was, I knew you would all cheer me on and tell me it was going to be alright. And it was.