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  1. Stacy (Mama-Om)  

    It’s funny to think that while preparing for the birth of my first child seven and a half years ago, youtube didn’t even exist! 🙂

    With my first pregnancy, I did a fair amount of research but I also kept the input to a minimum. I think I instinctually felt protective of myself. It was after he was born (and more like when he was 8 months to a year old) that I really started to drink in all kinds of information about natural parenting, gentle discipline, extended breastfeeding, etc. I needed it as an inoculation to all that surrounded me.

    With my second pregnancy and birth (four years ago), Laura Shanley’s site on unassisted birth was a huge eye-opener for me.

    We are done having babies, but I still love seeing birth videos online. 🙂

    And, as you share, I’ve found that for many things related to being a mama, being able to SEE and HEAR and FEEL how other mamas do it (give birth, latch on, treat the baby with respect) has been a lifesaver for me. We are social animals, after all, and we learn by example.

  2. Alicia C.  

    LOL – I fall into the category of mothers who don’t talk about their birth experience. It was fine, I’m happy with it. It didn’t hurt too much and my labor was fast.No tearing and I felt better the day after giving birth than I did during my entire pregnancy. I had the births I wanted – absolutely no medical interventions – in a hospital.
    I attribute my wonderful experiences to the fact that, while I was pregnant, I gathered as much information as possible – personal stories, research papers, Web sites, etc. I learned what I wanted, how it could go wrong, and how to try to capture the best possible birth for me and my child- even if something were to go wrong. I can’t stress the importance of LEARNING ALL YOU CAN about the birth process, labor, what hospitals routinely do and how to stop them, emergency situations, etc.

  3. Becky

    I hear ya Stacy. Things have changed a lot since my days of having babies too, but I do love hearing about other people’s birth experiences since my nieces are now going through this experience, and since it won’t be long before my daughters will be having babies of their own- I want to help them be prepared.

    One thing that I think has changed the most since my baby days, is the options available to women now. Things that I didn’t even think of. For instance, just read an amazing book written by Laura Kaplan Shanley titled, “Unassisted Childbirth.” Before reading the book, I would have cringed at the though of delivering my own baby. However, after reading the book, I realize that it can be a safe and enjoyable, and must I say, special experience.