I'm so grateful for all of the people and experiences that have brought me to this place in my journey -- for the beautiful shower and blessingway, for the hand-crafted birth-mala, for the heartfelt note-cards, the abundance tree, the gift of a beautiful nursery, for my awesome midwives, and for every supportive word and vibration! I am so blessed!! I'm also excited about delivering this baby at home. I didn't write a birth-plan because I know that plans change and I think it's better to have a "birth-general-idea" than something seen as set in stone. Still, there are quite a few things that I'd like to remind myself to do or try when labor begins. Here's what I'm visualizing:
turn on lavender diffuser
take a shower
call midwives & call or text friends and family
cut all blessing-way bracelets
fill the pool and bless with essential oils
put sheets on the co-sleeper
bake baby a birthday cake with big sister and daddy
listen to mantras
use the birth ball
try Marjaryasana/Bitilasana - cat/cow pose
try Kaliasana - goddess/squat pose
talk to baby
breathe & connect with breath
meditate 20 minutes every hour
eat whole grains, almond butter, and drink water
stand on patio under oak trees
repeat mantra, "supported, present, and trusting."
The mantra (above) is the short version of the birth intentions I set last month:
- To know I am supported in every breath by my family and by an amazing network of beautiful and strong mamas.
- To be fully present, aware, and connected with the magic of each moment
- To release, let go, and trust my body's ability to open and give safe passage to this baby.
Laura's says, "There is power that comes to women when they give birth. They don't ask for it, it simply invades them. Accumulates like clouds on the horizon and passes through, carrying the child with it." - Sheryl Feldman
I'm ready to welcome that power. I've cleared my mind of can't, I'm releasing my fears with the waning moon, and I'm ready to welcome this new life into the world. I feel supported by friends, family, and the age-old lineage of strong, able women who safely delivered their babies naturally.
What a gift it is to be at the center of the universe creating itself. What an honor it is to have so much support.