Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Trust Your Instincts

There is a little known secret about pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and mothering. I'd like to share it with you now. Here it is :

YOU are the best "expert" for yourself and your baby. I believe that you have been given maternal instincts that will serve you well if you will listen to them and let them lead you along the way.

There is so much information out there and it can be overwhelming. But women have been giving birth and caring for children for thousands of years, so rest assured that you will be able to do the same. All information is not equal, however, when it comes to having a safe and healthy birth.

I'd like for you to think about what that means for you, and ponder these questions.

What does a safe and healthy birth look like ?

What would it feel like ?

Who would be there ?

What would they be doing?

What would you need to make you feel safe ?

I will be sharing my thoughts about these things in the coming days, and sharing some resources with you that have been proven to lead you on a path to a safe and healthy birth. In the meantime, I would like to leave you with the daily mantra, coined by the amazing birth doula, Penny Simkin.


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