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Ever since I got pregnant (last April) I've slowly but surely changed the way I've seen labor and birth. At first I saw it as a painful process that women just have to "deal with". Over time I've become more and more aware of how it's meant to be a gradual opening...like a flower blooming. Does the flower experience the blooming process as painful? More than likely not. Anyway, my views of it has gone from fear of the unknown and pain to a deep embrace of the beauty and ecstasy that is birth. How did this happen? The empowering and inspiring birth stories I read have definitely played a part, but an even bigger part of it is changing the way I view life. Before, I was afraid of going out of my comfort zone in any way and I was afraid of losing those that I love or just simply venturing into the unknown. I have done a lot of healing and soul-searching and I now come from a place of love and acceptance. No matter what happens, I am at peace. Even if I'm all alone in the world and not sure where I'm going to get my next meal, I will still be at peace for the circumstances of my life will not change who I am underneath it all. This, I believe, is what has helped me be more accepting of birth and to see it as a beautiful process, rather than something to be feared.<br><br>
I just thought I'd share what I've been through and toss my theory out there in case it will help others open themselves up more to life, and consequently, birth <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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