This is long--you've been warned.
Congratulations again Adrienne!!! It sounds like just the birth you were hoping for! Thanks so much for this fantastic story!
What an awesome birth story!!!! I also felt the best standing and walking most of the time, I just felt compelled to do it so that is what I did:) I love hearing your thoughts on your birth!! Absolutely wonderful:) You did an amazing job!
Congrats again Adrienne, and thanks so much for sharing. I would write more but Teddy is definitely about to do something he shouldn't!
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the way you wrote your birth story!
Great birth story, Adrienne! Really well written and I loved every word of it.
Just one comment, while I do like your reflections on giving birth naturally and drawing on your inner strength and agree with them; it is also worth keeping in mind that despite the best preparations things can take a different turn and there might be physical problems that a determined will alone can't overcome.
Don't get me wrong, this is not a criticism and I think it's amazing that you had a natural birth and positive birth experience, but I know that a lot of us who hoped for exactly that encountered unforeseen problems and were left feeling disappointed and beat themselves up about it (myself included) - so it's good to remember that sometimes things will happen that you can't change and there's no point going into "What if's" or blaming yourself.
Gosh, Adrienne, what an amazing birth story! I had a natural birth with DD and much of what I've just read put me right back there! I totally relate to the sense of focus, the pain that isn't really 'pain'. The amazing feeling of euphoria. You did a wonderful job, Mamma! And thank you so much for posting this!
This was truly beautiful Adrienne, so glad you shared it.
You inspired me and I've been reading natural birth stories all afternoon. Hopefully this next birth will be more natural and inspiring for me.
Aw, Adrienne, congrats again! It was long, but worth it!