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If you were to describe your experiences of labor and birth in the briefest way possible, just a word or two to a couple sentences, what would you say about them?

I'm planning my birth class I will teach and I would love some different perspectives I could read off for clients the first day so they could get some idea of what birth is like in its variety. If anybody can give me your perspective for this, anonymously or with your first name, that would be so very appreciated.

If you'd just like to reply but don't want me to share it with anyone in class please say so.

Thanks!
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every moment of pregnancy is so uniquely alien that you may start to doubt yourself, until labor starts. labor is primal and natural, and in the end your mind and your body function seperately yet together to the most amazing results. you are capable of so much more than you could ever imagine.
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I hope that made sense or is helpful in some way...or both
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amazing! I will never doubt my body again, just listen to your body and you'll be amazed at the power that you hold. Don't let anyone rob you of that. protect it, it is precious.

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My MW said it best... "It's not as bad as you fear, but it's harder than you imagine."

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Trust yourself. No one knows more about your body than you do. Even if they think they do.

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Empowering when you do it naturally. Ecstatic. Joyful. Unbelievable what your body can accomplish if you let it do its work. Intimate. Peaceful.
Those are the words and phrases that come to mind.
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intense

Chrissy, lucky mama to Noah (9), Lilah (6), Rowan (3) and Laney (1).
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For a less serious perspective, here are my two words.... Smelly. Messy.
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(disclaimer- this is my personal perspective after 2 homebirths)

birth hurts. it is scary. it is a TON of work. it is the hardest thing you will ever do.
it is worth every second of it.




in between (and during) those moments of excruciatingly overwhelming sensation, are the most joyful, exciting, wonderful moments of your life!

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Smelly. Messy.




eta i can't wait to do it again!

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with my first baby i knew labor was supposed to hurt, but i could never imagine how painfull it could be. the only way to describe it was baby Lia dancing with razor blades. it went on forever the pain getting more intense with every passing hour. i was warned that the pushing hurt but honestly that was the easiest part!
with my second i was petrified to go into labor again.....so the labor started and an hour later while laughing delivered my little Eva! she cams flying out with the bag of water!!
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The worst pain I have ever felt, but can't remember anymore. How is that possible?
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i had a difficult pregnancy and severe Pre-e that neccisstated a cesarean so i would say terrifying and helpless.

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amazing! I will never doubt my body again, just listen to your body and you'll be amazed at the power that you hold. Don't let anyone rob you of that. protect it, it is precious.

~Amy
I could not have said it better myself after two unmed births, one unmed miscarriage at 13 weeks, and breastfeeding two boys.

Jackie
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Now I know how strong I am. I feel like I can do anything.
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The worst pain I have ever felt, but can't remember anymore. How is that possible?
That's exactly it, right there.
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In the animal kingdom every animal knows that one of the most dangerous situations you can get yourself into is to mess with a momma and her cubs.

There is nothing wrong with feeling powerful and protective. It's the way it's supposed to be!
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Miraculous and humbling.
I will never forget one of my midwives telling me somewhere around hour 22 that birth was not something to be conquered but surrendered to. Listen to your body. It is meant to birth.
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Empowering. Life-altering. Primal. Raw. Spiritual.

I felt connected with women everywhere, throughout time.

Amazing. Indescribable.

Mimi :yawning: the happy mama of one DD & one DS ; married to my sweetie.
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Empowering. Life-altering. Primal. Raw. Spiritual.

I felt connected with women everywhere, throughout time.

Amazing. Indescribable.
Exactly what she said!

Kimberly
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If you were to describe your experiences of labor and birth in the briefest way possible, just a word or two to a couple sentences, what would you say about them?
The mind is even more powerful than the body. Drugs can never replace the efficacy of understanding the process, knowing it's normal, and feeling safe, even in the toughest moments.

<------ Had 2 "hard" labors with drugs and 2 "easy" labors without. Looking back, there wasn't anything different with any of the labors. Just my mind frame.
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Way more painful than I ever could've imagined (and way more painful than I was prepared to deal with) but completely normal, natural and without interference or intervention
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Pain or no pain, drugs or no drugs, as soon as you've done it once, you pretty much want a "do-over". All the birth homework in the world won't really prepare you for what it's like, but if you haven't done any preparation, you'll be caught really, really off-guard.
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an experience that takes you beyond your limits and inhibitions, and lets you experience the mind-body connection in a way you'd never imagined. I made it through a 48 hour labour without medical pain relief by using breathing, water and active birth positions. I'd also say that having good support is essential. and - LET GO!
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Women are designed to have`babies.
It was the hardest (most painful and most intense) thing I had ever done, and it was definitely worth it. I felt so empowered by the knowledge I had a baby without meds. It was painful, but while the nurses were cleaning me up within a half hour after my DD's birth, I thought, "That wasn't so bad. I can do this again! Hmm, why do women say I'm never having another child? I will!"

And yes, DO have doula support, even if you have a supportive partner.

Mama to 2 year old and :: June 14th!
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It is a birth of not only a baby, but a new confidence in myself, an awareness of the power of my mind, and the strength of my being.

Six kids, sixth sense, six degrees of separation. . . from sanity!
Not sure that I'm crunchy, but definitely a "tough chew".
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I love birthing babies. It is a completely empowering, humbling and amazing experience.

SAHM to four beautiful babes :
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Giving birth to my son made me so INTENSELY proud of myself. I felt unconquerable and full of this amazing energy. As soon as he was born I was relieved that it was over, but at the same time I wished it had lasted longer, and immediately wanted to do it again! Like riding a rollercoaster that you're terrified of.
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My births were the most empowering and primal moments of my life. Never have I experienced so many emotions all at once - overwhelming fear, pride, joy, excitement... nothing can duplicate the pure elation of seeing your baby for the first time.

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