Okay, maybe not that last part.
But about three weeks ago, I read an article about creating a birth plan (wish I could link to it, but I can't find it again), and the hubs and I attended our first childbirth class, and over time something clicked for me. I saw value in creating a plan, and actually thinking about and preparing for birth. Nothing too detailed of course, but there are a few things that after reading and learning more about I knew that I wanted (or didn't want) in my birth experience.
(For the record, I cannot believe I just typed "birth experience." Prior to baby, a "birth experience" sounded like trying to push out a Honda Civic. While that very well may be what it feels like, Mike and I's birthing class teachers tell us to think of it like a "flower opening." Well doesn't that just sound
Okay, moving away from TMI territory. Along with opening up to birth plans, I also became interested in hearing more about others' experiences. If there's one thing I've learned from reading birth stories, births never go according to plan. So while I wrestle through my desires and managing my expectations, I thought I'd share a few birth stories here, in case you're the type that likes them too.
A scheduled c-section. And another.
Accidental home birth. And an intentional one. (These are crazy - not because they're home births - just read them and you'll know exactly what I mean.)
A VBAC. (For those of you not in on the lingo, that's a Vaginal Birth After Cesarean. As of about two weeks ago, I had no clue what it meant - I thought maybe they used a vacuum to suck out the baby ... so don't feel bad, your guess was probably less embarrassing than mine and I just posted it on the great big world wide web.)
And if that ain't enough for you, here's a whole slew more of 'em.