Every month, a group of local mothers and mothers to be attend Birth Matters.
“Birth Matters is a group for expecting mothers, those with little ones and women who plan to soon begin a family. Gain insight and understanding of the amazing journey of pregnancy, labor, delivery and the postpartum period with other moms in a fun and casual atmosphere!” – Birth Matters
The meeting is facilitated by a group of doulas and postpartum doulas that work together with Birth Kalamazoo, a local business that provides independent childbirth classes, doula and postpartum doula services, as well as lactation consultation/support.
I have been attending these monthly meetings nearly every month since they began almost a year ago.
Last month, the topic of discussion was “Natural Childbirth – Are You Crazy?!”
This was the event description:
“How do you respond to people who don’t understand why you want (or wanted) a natural birth? Have you been able to help shape their understanding in a new way? Or maybe you’ve simply found a positive reply that can shut down unhelpful comments? Come talk about your experiences, we’ll brainstorm together.”
Those comments read:
“my epidural saved my marriage,”
“coworkers betting against her,”
“would you have dental work done without medication?”
and “just you wait…”
“you don’t get a medal for birthing naturally.” (actually, I think you do)
There were many more statements written on that white board – one for every woman in the room. And we went back through each one and provided responses.
It was awesome. Myths were dispelled. Fears were overcome. Support was given. A great meeting.
So let’s open up this conversation in the comments below.
I’d love to hear from you!
What were some of the comments you heard in response to telling people you were planning on having a natural birth? Or home birth? How did you respond, and what did you learn from the experience?