I have to admit, I never seriously thought about the specifics of giving birth, up until I reached my third trimester. Looking back, this sounds crazy. Not knowing my choices can be a scary thing, and the last thing I want when it’s my time to give birth is to not know what is going on. It’s no wonder why the very thought of it scared me (which is probably why I refused to think about it in the first place). I didn’t know a thing about birthing, other than you check in the hospital and come out with a baby. I didn’t think it was up to me to decide whether I should have a normal or cesarean delivery, or that gentle, natural birthing was even an option. I assumed the best way to do it is the “normal” way, which is at the hospital and all decisions are made by doctors.
Well, in case you didn’t know (like me), there are other ways to give birth. As I learned at this workshop, a gentle, natural birthing is an option to consider, and you can do this at home or at a birthing center. Of course, you will need to get educated first, and would have to consult with a midwife, doula and doctor (your OB-GYNE has to be supportive). You will also need to prepare yourself mentally, physically and spiritually, since this is a different birthing journey, with the most beautiful and enlightening results. I am not speaking from experience here (I am now on my 39th week and I plan to do a normal delivery). The workshop was hosted by Irina Otmakhova of Conscious Birth Manila, Monica Eleazar Manzano of Birthing Beyond, and my good friend, blogger Cat Juan-Ledesma (www.catjuan.com), who each imparted invaluable knowledge that honestly, banished all my fears and misconceptions about giving birth.
We covered a lot of ground during the intimate workshop–we learned about healthy pregnancy, gentle birth and postpartum care. We tackled the importance of nutrition during pregnancy, as well as exercise through prenatal yoga. But what really caught my interest was the idea of gentle birth and using different methods (like Hypnobirthing and Spinning Babies) to achieve a wholistic birth experience. Overall, it was reassuring to know that this kind of birth was possible, and I can actually welcome my baby in the most peaceful way. Honestly, because of this class all my fears were laid to rest, and I am now looking forward to giving birth.
These local brands were so generous to give us these goodies! Thank you, Indigo Baby, So True Naturals, Saya Baby Carriers and Souq Organics!!! Oh and our yummy lunch was sponsored by Edgy Veggie!
There will be another Gentle Birthing seminar this August! To find out more about it, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Photos are from www.catjuan.com and Monica’s camera.)