I’ve uploaded the first two articles in a series aboutÂ the natural birth of my daughter (now 19 months ago). Â I always wanted to get to the bottom of my (seemingly contradictory) desire for a natural birth. Writing this series has been a great opportunity to explore my hopes and fears about the beginning of my own motherhood and some of the issues that most if not all pregnant women struggle with. I hope you find these articles enlightening. I’m working onÂ two more and will post about their publication here on the blog.
Here are the introductions to the first two articles:
- Part I:Â Â Why (Not) a Natural Birth?
There are many reasons for wanting a natural birth, and there are many reasons for not wanting it. Whatever the choice, a mother needs to ask herself: why do or donâ€™t I want a natural birth? What is it about me, that makes me choose either way? This kind of self-knowledge is important if only because it makes us responsible for â€œour birthsâ€ and because it can teach us respect for the decisions of others and thus overcome our divisions within and amongst ourselves.
- Part II: Pregnant: Dealing with Pain
When you’re pregnant, you’re extra sensitive to psychological pain. It is a good – and difficult – time to take care of the past (and present), to get ready for the future.