On September 17th, 2019 my world changed forever! Margaret Marie Biedebach was born in the water at Allen Birthing Center after 16 hours of natural labor. It was an experience I will never forget and definitely different than I expected!
Maggie girl was my 100th birth since becoming a nurse, birth assistant and doula. She was a milestone to celebrate, for sure! With all of those experiences came my own expectations of how birth goes and what labor would be like, and it lived up to be a life changing moment!
- Labor is A PROCESS
Though you hear how hard labor is, I felt more like it was a process that required a lot of concentration than a torturous event. It was difficult at points, but unlike other pain you may experience in your life, it comes and goes. The contractions do end and you get a rest period in between. SO thankful for that!
- Your Mindset Changes EVERYTHING
If you stay focused, calm and in the moment, your labor will go smoothly. I didn’t do a great job at this, to be honest! I had a few moments of frustration and impatience that after expressing, I felt much better. This is where I will say it TRULY matters who is around you during your birth and who is on your birth team. I couldn’t have done it without a supportive doula, midwife and without my husband!
- It is So WORTH It
The moment Maggie was born was unlike any other. There is so much relief, peace and contentment when your baby is placed on your chest! What a surreal moment 10 months in the making. It was so very worth it to labor how my body needed, birth how I felt comfortable and bring my baby into the world when she was ready. I’d 100% do it again!