Share your birth story
Your birth story. It’s more than just a story. It’s your experience. It can be beautiful, emotional and sometimes traumatic, and that experience is now part of you. It’s not always easy to talk about your experiences. Life goes by, there’s so much to do and to learn. And if you do find a chance to talk about it, some people might dismiss your experience, telling you to just be thankful because you are both alive and healthy… But your story does matter.
Sharing your story and writing it down can create more space for understanding, acceptance and a better connection with yourself and with your baby. In my practice I hear many powerful birth stories and I strongly feel these should be shared.
Writing and reading them can help yourself and other women.
That’s why I’ve created this platform. If you would like to share your birth story, please share it here
Introduction: At week 20 of pregnancy I was diagnosed with vulvodynia after a conversation with Oda (my doula) and sharing my fear of a natural birth without epidural. I realized that dilation examinations are something I would like to avoid as much as possible so we decided to take a private midwife who works without protocols and knows . to work with a vulvodynia diagnosis. I started acupuncture treatment with Orit Zilberman specialized in vulvuldina meanwhile preparing myself working with my Doula for a positive birth without unexpected situations or triggers rising. Week 41 + 5 Thursday, 8 in the morning, I wake up from cute rushes, not getting too excited and start my morning routine. Looking outside the window and see a huge rainbow and thinks to myself what an amazing day to give birth !on The surges got stronger pretty quickly and are already measured every 5/10 [...]
My first son Hugo was born abroad, by caesarean section. When I was pregnant with baby Felix, 3 years later in Amsterdam, it was all the more exciting whether this time it would 'work out'. Doctors had given me until 41 weeks, after that they would induce labour. And if the labour did not proceed quickly enough, a caesarean section would follow. This 'step-by-step plan' and 'pressure for time' kept me very busy during my pregnancy. Because for some reason, only a non-cesarean birth felt like the real thing to me. Something I had missed with Hugo. During those last weeks, every day when nothing happened to my body felt like one step closer to a caesarean section, closer to failure…. But no matter what I tried, relaxing, exercising, nothing happened at all. For the manager in myself this was all too annoying: after all, there was a plan here [...]
At 20 weeks pregnant I was really struggling with stress and worries in my pregnancy from building works at home and worries my baby would be ok. I asked my doula for someone that could help me unwind. I knew how important it was for my baby to feel relaxed and have a good pregnancy so I wanted to find a way to give her that and I needed it too. I was referred to Oda and started seeing her once a week for reflexology. My baby had been going through a period of quiet in the womb which worried me but the moment we started the treatment I felt her sink in and sway and move around. She just felt so happy. I could feel her relax and move. It was such a happy moment. I remember cycling home and telling my husband how much I felt she loved [...]