Yay, Chandra!!!I've already e-mailed you but congrats again. I can't wait to meet baby Lilah in September!
At my prenatal yoga class tonight I felt so disconnected from the other women, all of whom were discussing their ultrasounds and doctors, and one woman who is 37 weeks and her baby's breech and she and her doc are deciding tomorrow if she'll have a c/s, in which case she would be scheduled for 39 weeks. It just made me so sad.
I was thinking about the UC stories we've had on here recently, and how NORMAL they sound to me now. There's no lengthy descriptions of how far apart contractions were at each stage, or how far dilated one was when the water broke or anything, or what the doctor "said" about someone's body, and that just seems so RIGHT to me now. I had a homebirth with my first, with a really great midwife, and even so I look back and think how much was unnecessary...not even bad or anything, just not needed.
I guess the positive thing is that the further along I get, the better I feel about the approach I'm taking towards my own pregnancy (UP/UC). I've had about 5 friends give birth since I got pregnant, and each story (whether it's a c/s, a midwife assisted homebirth, or a UC) makes me so grateful for where I am. I feel so connected with my body and this baby, and I'm enjoying this pregnancy so much more than last time, and I feel so SURE about how amazing this birth is going to be.
I feel the need to quote something Blueviolet wrote a while ago (I can't remember if it was the 5th or the 6th thread). This has stuck with me and I want to quote it to people all the time, except it's rarely worth it. But it's just something that really resonated with me, and is worth repeating here again. She wrote:
"What we know scientifically of the human body supports the idea that for a healthy woman (physically and emotionally well-nourished) with no congenital deformities of the pelvic region and no mental hindrances, whose labor process is fully undisturbed, there is very little opportunity for true natural error to take place."
Anyway, I rarely post this much but I had a kind of emotional day and this prenatal yoga class usually really centers me, but tonight I had a different reaction. I'm so glad these threads are here, and I'm so happy that MDC seems to have such a growing UC community! It's been so great reading all the birth stories and I'm looking forward to more in the coming months.