So many of my wonderful birth clients have allowed me to share their birth experience with you, so now it's my turn! I love when women share their stories. It empowers other women and helps educate others on the birthing world because a lot of women, WAY TOO MANY, have very traumatic births simply because they didn't know they were allowed to have control over their own bodies and own birth choices. They just give up fighting for their rights and surrender to the protocols even if it's something they really don't want. When women have these traumatic experiences, sharing their story can be helpful and healing for them. And your story can help someone else realize that they have choices. And if you had someone document your birth, those pictures will offer healing because it will show you your birth experience from a different angle. A beautiful angle that will help heal those traumas.
When I gave birth to Audrey exactly 2 years ago I had a wonder photographer named Meg to photograph my birth with film...but, when I finally went in to full labour after DAYS of early labour, it was so quick and intense that my caul baby (born in her sac which means my water never broke) was in my arms 45 minutes later which means my photographer didn't make it. It happens. Heck, my midwives showed up with minutes to spare! LUCKILY my doula Bree-Ann was there and grabbed a whole whack of fabulous photos that I will treasure for my whole life. I wish so so bad that I had someone to document Adelaide's birth too. Big regrets there.
Click this link to read and/or watch the slideshow of her birth: The Birth of Audrey Lily Von Bargen.