I attended the first ever Phoenix Birth Circle meeting last night. It was awesome. Lots of mamas- pregnant, nursing, remembering their pregnancy/labors/births. Zachary played with an 8 month old girl and called her "Nanna" all night
(she did kinda look like Julianna). I got to talk to a few other mamas who have experienced preterm labor with previous pregnancies, and are now doing hypnotherapy and relaxation techniques to avoid contractions and medical intervention. I feel very relieved. Relieved that I now have a circle of friends who can support me and validate my decisions with the next pregnancy. One midwife even suggested that my doctors shouldn't even have prescribed Terbutaline because I was only contracting with no cervical dilation- while the textbook definition of preterm labor is a pattern of contractions with cervical change. So I feel like I subjected Zachary to those drugs when they may not even have been necessary!
And another mama said she experienced the same Braxton Hicks-like contractions from 20 weeks on in her pregnancy, and some people just do that. No one can explain it, or stop it, and it certainly doesn't require drug treatment, bed rest, or stressing the mama out! I am SO happy to be a part of this circle. I feel much better about getting pregnant again. (I know it won't be for awhile yet, but at least I have more natural options and genuine support for when the time comes.) And, it was nice to meet some IRL friends who didn't get crazy when Zachary walked up to me asking for "bobby? bobby?"
They all cooed and awed and said "how cute!"