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11 Responses to Embracing Our Potential: Birth as a Metaphor

  1. Dionna  

    This post has honestly opened my eyes – I was so proud of myself, I felt so empowered, by Ailia’s birth – why can’t I use that empowerment in every single area of my life? Very powerful post, Sheila!

  2. Sheila  

    Dionna, I am moved and touched. I had much the same realization. I am not sure I would have arrived at this epiphany if nursing my toddler through and after pregnancy wasn’t so hard. 🙁 To my great fortune, folks such as yourself have shared resources and your own stories that have lit my way along this journey. It is one such post on *your* blog that has given me back my nursing relationship and improved my whole family experience. (Got that tandem nursing update with the story coming Friday on A Living Family blog!) I, and my family, thank you, truly, for your support.

  3. Emily  

    Thank you for sharing! I am 15 weeks pregnant and sometimes struggle with nursing my 2 1/2 year old. I’ve reached a point when I’m trying to cherish the time I have nursing her alone before the baby comes (I really do love nursing her) but have trouble letting go of the moments I don’t enjoy it. It’s so nice to know I’m not the only one who has struggled with this!

    • Sheila  

      Emily, “I really do love nursing her” is not something I have been able to say for a while. I think she had weaned by the time I was 15 weeks. Thankfully, I have another opportunity to do as you are wisely doing (the first time)–cherish these nursing moments.

      I have a post coming out Friday, though, with something I learned from CodeNameMama’s site that helped it not be such a struggle. I hope you get a chance to check it out and let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!


  4. Andrea  

    Sheila, I hadn’t previously paralleled trusting ourselves in birth to trusting ourselves in life, but, I agree, it’s really the exact same feeling of being guided from the inside. What an “a-ha” moment. Thank you.

    • Sheila  

      Thank you, Andrea, for sharing wisdom in your own words. An important reminder for me right now to trust, trust, trust and keep on trusting. Apparently, I birth babies quickly and my life s.l.o.w.l.y.
      ~sheila 🙂

  5. Lauren  

    Thanks so much for making the parallel between birth and nursing aversion. I’ve had a wicked case of it, and it’s really made me sad. Some days I find solutions, and some days not as much. I’m going to try this next time to ride the waves the way I did in birth – thanks for that perspective!

    • Sheila  

      Every single time some other mama tells me she is struggling with nursing aversion I feel relief. Relief that I am can release my guilt and even some of my sadness. That I am ok, in the struggle. I struggled today, for instance, through my aversion to nurse my feverish toddler. How betrayed I felt to have my tired, hungry, thirsty tandem nursing body throw my aversion in my face just when I needed to open my heart and breasts to my child. It has been a hard day, and your words somehow ease the hardship.
      Thank you.

  6. Gaby  

    This was so beautiful that I’m so filled with emotion right now. As a birth educator, I’m always trying to nail down the words to describe exactly what you described so perfectly.

    The shifting emotions and the urgency that arises in parenthood are so similar to birth.

    “This realization encouraged me to trust, to stay open to the possibility, to keep on working.” –If I can say this to myself every day of my life, I know I’ll be just as proud of my mothering as I have been with my births.

    • Sheila  

      Wow. To hear my own words again with new lessons. Gratitude, Gaby, for helping me give myself permission to be proud of myself, for my births and for my mothering. Pride, it would seem, might not be the evil it is made out to be…when tempered with the humility I feel about my efforts and whatever wisdom I have gained. I *am* wiser, and may my newfound wisdom serve me and my family well.
      Thanks for reading,

  7. Amy Phoenix  

    I love you Sheila. Thank you for this.