This weeks Blog Hop is about encouragement. I thought about how I wanted to tackle this one… do I want to post a photo, a phrase, a verse or something else? I chose something else. I am going to share with you why I am want to be a Midwife (yes, it is about encouragement).
I had 2 cesareans. One was planned and I was okay with it. One was not planned and I am still struggling with it. I did not have a doula for my last pregnancy because we couldn’t afford it. I loved my OB but now know that I needed more encouragement. I needed someone to be there throughout the pregnancy to tell me what I needed to know for a successful vbac.
I did go to several ICAN meetings and self-taught as much as I could but there was still always questions and doubts. My family tried to be supportive but expecting them to understand what I was going through was not possible. I needed more support; support from someone who had been there, done that and studied it. I needed a midwife.
I know that the cesarean (in the end) was the best thing for my baby girl. I also firmly believe that my pregnancy wouldn’t have been filled with fear and anxiety if I had the support and encouragement of a midwife.
I don’t want any other women to walk out of the hospital with the same tears in their eyes and same disappointment in their hearts. I want to help women from the beginning to the end, with trying to conceive, pregnancy, birth and after. I want women to be informed about their birth options. I want to help women to breastfeed… all women. I want breastfeeding to become commonplace and not something that people look at a mommy strange for.
I want to encourage and support women during their pregnancies and beyond. I want to be the person in their lives that I needed.