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  • I have learned so much about myself through the process of giving birth.

    I learned how deeply (and unconsciously) fearful I can be. That sometimes I think I can move through a difficult experience only by giving up and doubting myself. Wanting others to do it for me.

    I learned how important it is that I be fully supported in the way I need when I am experiencing something as profound as birth. Not met with sympathy but bolstered with encouragement, nurturing and love.

    I learned that even when I feel I've gone right to the bottom, that I can't possibly go on, there are inner reserves of strength that kick in. That I am far more powerful than I ever knew before giving birth.

    I learned that my body has ancient wisdom in it, and even though my intelligent modern brain thinks it can control everything, it can't. Thank goodness for that.

    I learned that every woman's experience of birth is different, because we women are all different.

    I learned that I can process, accept and move on from an experience that was traumatic in certain ways. That it has made me stronger, wiser and with a better understanding of how I 'tick'.

    And as I approach the imminent birth of my next child, I have learned to accept what happened last time. How I responded to the pain, fear and stress of labour. How I dealt with a lack of support and encouragement. How I coped after the birth, in the aftermath of that experience.

    I know, this time, that I am going into birth with greater wisdom. With more appropriate, meaningful support for who I am as a labouring woman. With greater confidence because I've done it before. Facing birth with a greater understanding of how I'm probably going to react, with greater awareness of how to cope when those fears arise.

    I am ready for this. I am ready for this next most profound experience of my life. And I am ready to meet the next love of my life at the end of it!
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