Wow! Another midwife aspirer with bellydancing tendencies!!! (I know, I know, a strange way of putting it!
) Where else would I meet someone like you but on Mothering.com!!!
You got to do some work on the Farm??? Boy, I'd really love to hear about that!! Were you training to be a midwife's assistant or a midwife? In June, I completed Elizabeth Davis' Heart and Hands Midwifery Advanced Intensive (she wrote Heart and Hands - great book if you don't already have it!!!) Anyway, I thought I was going to start at the National Midwifery Institute this fall, but my life got pretty crazy!
You know, during labor Ben, my son, was asynclitic and I was doing a lot of squatting. I didn't know he was asynclitic, but my midwife did. I'm surprised, in retrospect, that she allowed me to keep squatting as long as she did. It was not helping labor progress at all - probably just getting him more wedged in there. If I'd known more about birth (and about belly dancing), I would have tried other positions and I would have been by myself more to listen to what my body was telling me it needed (I had a crowd of people there - mom, grandma, mil, 2 friends, three midwives, dh - I must have been NUTS!!!). I was in early labor for the first 12 hours and the next 45 hours were active labor. I ended up pushed for about 4 and 1/2 hours - but by this time I had transported to the hospital (was in the hospital for the last 12 hours of labor) and was given an epi and pitocin - pretty much as far from my planned homebirth as I could have gotten - short of a c-section! Anyway, I was very glad to have delivered him vaginally - but it was hard. I must say, though, that my son's birth is what propelled me to want to understand birth and become a midwife.
So, that's my story. I really don't think I was in nearly the kind of physical shape that I needed to be in - in some ways. I guess I did okay to survive 62 hours of labor without a c-section. But what I realize I didn't have was looseness in my pelvic floor area - it has always been very tight for me. Next time, running, yoga, bellydancing and swimming (not all in one day, mind you!!!).
I can't wait to hear more!