When I talk about VBAC in general and my freebirth after 2 caesareans in particular, I mention reclaiming my power so much. And I wonder if I'm doing my journey, and the journey of so many other women, a (small) disservice by making it out to be such an enormous and POWERFUL event.
Yes - it is powerful. It is magical. It is affirming and so fabulous to be able to relate to others how I stuck it to the system.
But it was also normal. And joyful. And peaceful. And at times, funny as.
Here I recount those moments - the small ones that made the journey what it was.
Freebirth isn't very common, but for a variety of reasons it seems to be growing in popularity. I'm talking to more and more women who are considering freebirth and want to learn more about how to prepare for it.
A freebirth is a birth at home with no medical attendant. There may be a doula (who does NOT provide any sort of medical advice), partner, photographer, other support people - but no midwife or Dr.
I had a freebirth for my third birth. After two caesareans. I've been called everything from brave to stupid. Irresponsible. Insane. And even accused of not caring if my baby lives or dies. Considering a freebirth is a BIG decision. But if you have put some thought into these 5 things you can make it a positive and powerful experience.
There’s an epidemic sweeping the birthing world (well…the whole world really, but the birthing world is my focus!). We’re not discussing the caesarean or induction epidemic…we’re talking about the epidemic of “reasonable woman syndrome”.
Well that doesn't sound so bad, I hear your say. But reasonable woman syndrome leads to all sorts of crap for birthing women - more inductions, more caesareans, less power, and feeling like we just aren't that important.
None of that is good for us...or our babies.
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