Every Day in May – Day 2 – Educate us on something

Day 2 – Educate us on something you know a lot about or are good at.
Birth is my passion.  I am a Breastfeeding Nazi (or so I’ve been told.  Ahem).  And I like to think I am good at both.  You know, from having 6 children and all, most being homebirths.  It is the topic that brought me to the Lord and made me want to know more about Him.  Birth and Jesus – strange?  Not so much once you delve into Scripture.  What topic better suited to bring a new mother into the arms of the One who created it?  Children are the ‘heritage of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is the reward’ afterall. 
The hard part is picking one aspect of it to talk about.     
If I could tell woman one thing – it would be OWN YOUR BIRTH.  Learn the “normal” practices of the hospital, question them, learn why each act is done and how it affects your birth, your body, your baby.  Many times things are done, not for your benefit, but for the benefit of the hospital, staff and doctors.  Surprised?  You shouldn’t be.  Sadly, this is the only 1st World country that it is the norm.  And we also lead with the highest maternal and neo-natal deaths.  This isn’t a diss on hospitals or their staff!  It just is what it is.  I like to believe that the staff truly does think they are doing what is best because they just don’t know any different.   
And some women should be in that setting to birth.  Just go in knowing you can refuse the Pitocin, the breaking of the waters, the being strapped to the table constant monitors – all of these things (and more) affect the birth.  Affect how your body responds, how the baby responds.  It’s such a beautiful, intricate dance that the Lord created where, just like in the creation, two bodies are working together, each stimulating hormones from the other, to bring about a beautiful conclusion.  
 Likewise, it’s ok to be upset with how a past birth went and do things differently.  Find a Dr or Midwife that understands you and your desires.  Remember – you are paying them for a service, they work for you.   It’s yours to own. 
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