These posts are SO helpful to me--thank you so much!
We just wrapped up our first ttc cycle--it's likely that I conceived but it didn't stick--and we're going to try again this month.
I have Gaskin's Spiritual Midwifery
waiting for me at home, and requests on her other books through our library, so I'm glad to hear that I'm on the right track with that.
megjo, what you had to say about triggers was really interesting--mine are temperature (if I get too warm), hunger, and feeling trapped, so I can see where having control over the birthing process will be really important for me.
I haven't been in therapy for a while, now, but once I'm pregnant, I'm going to go back for some tune-ups with my therapist, and possibly for more EMDR, depending on how the pregnancy goes for me.
My hope is to have a med-free birth. I've tossed around the hypnobirthing idea, but I haven't made any firm decisions about it at this point. And, well, nothin' but time, right?
I hope that we can keep this conversation going--for ourselves as well as for women who may be struggling but not ready to talk about it.