By Anne Homan CD(DONA)
Are you tired and uncomfortable at the end of your pregnancy? Do you want to hurry things along so you will not feel pregnancy discomfort, and finally be able to sleep on your back again?
Are you hearing comments from people that are NOT helpful and only leave you feeling discouraged? Comments like:
“You have not had that baby yet? You must be exhausted!”
“You are not dilated at all yet?”
“You look like you are about to POP!”
Have you been feeling the pressure to be induced with no medical reasoning, but “just because” you are a magical 40 weeks? (This can be encouraged even sooner in some cases).
If any of these things speak to you then this read is for you. Numerous moms have described the things above (and more), and I have written a poem to encourage those who are at this stage in their pregnancy.
This poem is meant to remind you that birth is a normal physiological process, and assuming that there are no complications or health concerns for you or your baby, there is great purpose that takes place when you wait for your baby to come when he or she is ready. Also, it is easy to feel discouraged at the end of your pregnancy, or even at the beginning stages of labor, when your body does not perform to the expectations of yourself or those around you. Maybe you don’t seem to be progressing enough, and it is easy to feel like your body is broken. I would like to remind you that each body and birth is different, and I want you to stay encouraged through it all and trust the process, and trust in what your body is designed to do. So here is my doula encouragement while you patiently, confidently, and purposefully wait for your baby to be born!
Please join me in my journey, as I learn and grow while supporting women in their pregnancy and birth.
A Moment in Time Doula Services, LLC