I'm not going to lie to you and say that childbirth will not f*&%ing hurt. Some people say they experience painless births and I believe that in all my heart, but word on the block from a majority of people who have experienced childbirth either vaginally, through a cesarean, medicated or un-medicated, is that they must cope with pain during birth. We all experience discomfort and pain very differently and I truly believe thresholds vary from person to person (I mean, look at my husband when he's sick). Contractions are incredibly strong sensations that extract a human from you. We can only change our perceptions on this "pain" and introduce tools to help us get through it. Whatever tools we use; reframing, a birthing tub, counting, an epidural, roaring, breathing, massage, a doula, or hypnosis, can help us cope and then we get a baby out of it.
This Birth Story Sunday I share with you Anita Ackerman's of The Best Life's homebirth story who found magic in one of her tools. Her blog is fantastic, and she's an optimist and realist wrapped up into one amazing human being. Enjoy!
AND THEN THERE WERE FOUR –
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