A new and powerful birth story today! With humor and insight, Mama Amanda shares the story of her journey to a natural birth with her first child at a local hospital. Amanda began her pregnancy staunchly in favor of an epidural, but as the time of her birth drew near, something unexpected changed her mind. Her story is a moving illustration of the value of knowledge, and of how empowering an informed birth can be!
Amanda, thank you for sharing your wonderful and beautifully-written story with us! Though Ethan is now a toddler, his birth-day is still so very worthy of celebration! Congratulations!
(And remember, you can read all of the birth stories in our Local Birth Story series here. Hospital births, home births, birth center births, births with OBs, births with midwives — all are represented!)
THE BIRTH OF ETHAN
My son’s birth really begins with my own. I was born at 8:40 in the morning, only an hour after my mother woke up after a night of pleasant dreams about rolling over waves in the ocean. The midwives, who had worked with my mother on hypnosis as a mechanism for dealing with contractions, made it to the Memphis hospital just in time to catch me as I flew excitedly into the world. I grew up hearing this story A LOT. My mom used midwives who encouraged her to create her own birth experience. She was in labor all night and managed to sleep through it. She gave birth completely intervention free. To my young ears, it all sounded charming, in a hippie-dippie sort of way. In my mind, I had my doubts. I’d seen the videos in high school health class, I’d watched sitcoms, and I’d seen many a baby born in movies. I knew from an early age that birth was going to involve a long stay in a hospital, as many drugs as I could legally get my hands on, and a lot of screaming. There was no way that birth could be the way my mother described it. I grew up with the distinct impression that my mother, while strong, smart, and supportive, was completely wrong about giving birth. If she was right, why had every other image about birth I’d ever been shown involve screaming women clawing into their husbands and begging for an epidural? In the battle of media vs. my mother, Continue reading