About halfway through my pregnancy and a great deal of time spent researching the internet, I decided that I wanted to have a natural childbirth. I read several stories and agreed with the belief that as women, our bodies were made to give birth. Medical assistance has not always been around, but babies were still being born. I learned of the possible side effects of getting an epidural and the more I learned, the more I knew that I wanted to give birth naturally, with no drugs. I prepared my body for birth both mentally and physically through meditation and exercise.
When the day arrived for me to give birth, I was extremely anxious and excited but I knew it was important for me to remain calm. I brought my birthing ball, my portable ipod dock, and massage oil with me to the hospital. Upon being admitted to the room, I had my boyfriend dim the lights while I turned on the album I had bought on itunes entitled, “Music for Labor and Delivery.” (Which, by the way, I highly recommend for a peaceful setting.) I rocked back and forth on my birthing ball, eyes closed, completely focused on breathing through my contractions. I reminded myself that the pain was temporary and that it would all be worth it in the end. Sometimes I would get up and walk around a bit and then I would lay back down for power naps between contractions.
My boyfriend knew exactly how I wanted to give birth, that I wanted a calm and peaceful atmosphere with no one else in the room. He made sure that that was exactly how it happened. He would periodically massage my lower back with lavender oil. We didn’t do much talking, as I was completely “in the zone.”After nine hours of labor and remaining at eight centimeters for nearly an hour, I decided to allow the nurse to break my water. That is when the contractions became super intense, but once again, I reminded myself that it would soon be over. Before I knew it my little nugget of joy had arrived and nothing else in the world mattered. I am so proud of myself for sticking with it and having my baby naturally. It was an incredibly empowering experience and I want all women to know that a natural childbirth is absolutely possible.