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When Birth is Difficult

I’ve attended three challenging births in the last 8 months.

Two were first time moms –hospital births lasting over 40 hours of active labor.  These were caused by the baby trying to come in a funky position.

One was a homebirth that wasn’t long but was hard because of several factors.

All three women birthed healthy babies without an epidural.

When birth is hard, the support team is usually the deciding factor in the outcome.  When the challenging births come, the doula is necessary.

At a recent interview, I was asked, “What do you like to do most at births?”  Without hesitation, I answered, “Nothing.”

It is a rare job interview that “nothing” is the appropriate response.

See, when I’m not needed, that means the birth is easy.  I deeply want my clients to enjoy butter births.  My clients want that, too!

But the challenging births are what doulas prepare for.

I want to share Keren’s birth story.  It was beautiful.  And tough.  Spiritual and amazing.

The photos are stunning.  Especially when her husband catches their son!

(Hypnobabies students:  Use your BOP before reading.)

Go read!