4 Million women give birth every year in the United States and how their babies get here matters.
It was only after I gave birth that I grasped the real value of what I instinctively wanted. I’m not sure I knew it then, but my tendency toward a physiologic birth was me protecting myself and my baby. But the bigger picture is that if birth were merely a day or two out of our lives, I wouldn’t have gone on to devote my time to this cause. Birth carries a much bigger impact than a one-time mere medical event.
Birth is valuable because it is the beginning of the mother-baby relationship.
Once you have been a mother, you will never not be a mother again. The minute you go into labor, you are on a roller-coaster that doesn’t stop.
The way you meet your baby can very much set the tone for the postpartum period. It is a tough time. You’re unsure of yourself, on no sleep, hoping you don’t accidentally harm or starve this helpless, completely dependent little thing. The stress of a baby crying for no discernible reason is indescribable. I don’t recall ever feeling so frustrated in my life. We all laugh about those moments of irrationality, when you have to place your baby in her crib and walk away in order to keep your sanity.
We’ve seen what happens when women come off a traumatic birth, and we’ve seen the lack of spirit and the helplessness they sometimes exhibit. We’ve talked to the women who spent hours crying in the basement or listless in bed, unable to get it together, or just dragging through the day with no joy. Even the women who rally and carry on are carrying wounds they must wrestle with at some point or another.
When I say “traumatic birth,” I’m not talking about medical complications. I’m talking largely about healthy women with realistic expectations who were treated disrespectfully or without compassion at that most vulnerable time: women who weren’t treated like the most important person in the room, as they gave birth to the most important thing in the world.
Help us continue our work in raising awareness so that we might prevent future unnecessary trauma. So that we can continue to help mothers like Kelly feel supported when they suffer traumatic birth. Contribute so we can build our programs to work towards a better maternity care system as a whole.
By giving back TODAY, this #GivingTuesday, you are saying that mothers matter and how their babies get here matters.
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