Tuesday, February 12, 2013

There Was No Way That I Could Focus........

BG Birthing Gown Made in the USA
When I think of focusing, two things come to mind: my A.D.D. and giving birth.  Attention deficit disorder describes how my brain works.  Giving birth reminds me of how I had to train my brain.

If you remember how your contractions felt, you know what sheer pain feels like.  I decided that I wanted to give birth naturally.  Given technology, why would anyone choose to labor without pain medication?  Truthfully, the thought of a needle going into my back that close to my spine makes me nervous.
 
Plan B.  I had to come up with a way to give birth using nothing but my mind.  Yes, the same brain that is able to focus on any one topic for no more than, sometimes, a few minutes at a time.  Of the options and techniques available to me, the best one was my husband.

Pretty Pushers Made in the USA
I knew that the pain from contractions was going to be beyond anything that I could imagine.  We went to the birth preparation classes and listened to all of the advice that the fabulous nurse teaching the class gave us.  At home, practice for labor became almost a nightly ritual in the last four weeks of each of my pregnancies.
Each time I went into labor, those nights of practicing imagery and listening to music paid off.  My husband held my hand and reminded me of my happy place, of wonderful moments that we have shared.  Those 60-second increments were such intimate minutes that I look back on them fondly, instead of painfully.  He led me where I needed to be.  I have not forgotten the incredible pain.  I just appreciate how calm he remained while his wife labored in such pain.

I can say that it is possible to labor using the technique of mind over matter.  My labors lasted a combined six hours.  Divided by two, that's not a very long time to labor.  If I ever get the opportunity to do it again, I would love to labor in the jetted tub that the birthing center had.  What I would include in the bag that I pack is a birthing gown to wear when I get out of the tub.  I was not prepared for that.  My husband, bless his heart, scrambled to find something for me.

I found some birthing gowns that are made in the USA and decided to share them here with you.  If you are blessed enough to be expecting, I hope one of these gowns enhances your experience.

Please stop by and share your stories.  I would love to read them.
 
Karina
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4 comments:

  1. Here from the weekend showcase and wishing we had gowns like this when I gave birth to my trio- heck, wish birthing centers were more commonplace when I had my trio. Glad technology is going full circle and we're getting back to "natural". BB2U

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    1. Hi BB,
      I wish I would have known about them when I gave birth too and my last one was born 2 years ago! I loved giving birth in a birthing center. It was such a pleasant experience {the pain, of course, was not}. The rest of it was great. Ironically, we just moved and there isn't one near me. I'm really sad about that. Thank you so much for stopping by. I do appreciate seeing you again.

      Karina

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  2. Ah! I love those pretty pusher dresses! If only I had them with my births. Oh well, I love the story that your husband was your focus those last few months and while in labor. Sounds pretty much perfect. I had that same thing up until my son's head got stuck in the birth canal and I had to have a c-section. I was devastated, so then my focus while they were cutting me open was staring at my husband's face as he told me everything would be ok. That support is so so important.

    Stopping by from the weekend showcase!

    Heather from Mommy Only Has 2 Hands

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    1. Hi Heather,
      It would have been good to have those gowns too. I am so sorry that your son's head got stuck. I can only imagine the devastation you felt to have to have a C-section. I'm so happy for you, though, that your husband was the rock that you needed during that moment and that your son joined us. You're right - it is so so important to have that support. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I'm glad to have you back.

      Karina

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