Posts in positive birth movement
My Positive Birth FOMO

‘So slowly over time I have practiced this feeling of FOMO, this shift to not being where I thought I wanted to be, often staying home with the kids while I live vicariously through my friends and their cool insta stories.  And it has faded, dimmed, that feeling that I'm missing out.  I started to focus simply on what I was doing and all the loveliness in that.’

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Are we trying too hard at giving birth?

‘There has been a noticeable shift in birth preparation.  Women seem to think that they have to do something to give birth.  Get informed, get aligned, breathe in a certain way, like they're taking a test they need to pass.  Everyone seems to have forgotten that birth is a natural process, an absolute right of passage, as natural for the body as going to the loo, it is a bodily urge to release your baby and bring them into the world.  You don't have to do anything.’

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A positive birth does not mean an easy birth...

‘I can't beat myself up forever but I can make sure I never feel like that again and so that's what I did.  I became a doula and had an amazingly healing second birth.  I'm not saying everyone should run out and train as a doula, although the experience has been life changing for me, but I would say, forgive yourself, go gently and get the right support for next time.’

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