I stumbled across this wonderful quote this week, and it has really embedded itself in my memory, so much so that I want to relay it to every pregnant woman I see.
When many people talk about childbirth, we are all too used to discussions along the lines of “ooh ouch” (very helpful…), and “oh yes, my labour was X amount of hours, it was absolutely horrendous”, (…again, very reassuring for a Mummy due to give birth…) “You will never feel anything like it” … (Yay … Correct!) Let’s focus on this for a second and actually re-read this statement … As ladies, you WILL never feel anything like it. But no, I’m not talking about the ‘pain’ that as a society we all tend to associate with giving birth. I am talking about the raw emotions, the elation and the pure joy that comes as your baby arrives into the world, and the feeling that yes, yes you ARE in fact on par with Super Woman! You Mummy, you have just experienced the most wonderful, empowering feeling of bringing a tiny, beautiful baby, a beautiful life to our world through the power of your body. Your body in all of it’s innate wisdom and knowledge of just how to birth your baby the right way for you both. Hundreds of thousands of women have experienced this feeling after giving birth, yet we are still so focused on the ‘fear’ surrounding birth. Why are we as a society associating this beautiful experience with such negativity? Why should we feel scared about something that our bodies are designed to do, about something so positive? Negativity naturally brings uncertainty, it can bring fear, and can really have such an impact on our minds, and in turn our bodies.
Let’s turn this around, and focus on only the positivity and beauty that comes with birth. Let’s keep this powerful statement in our minds, knowing that when approaching birth in a positive, calm and confident mind, without fear, the most beautiful birth can be achieved and remembered for all of the most wonderful reasons.
“Where the mind leads, our bodies follow”