One of the most valuable tools a mother (and mother-to-be) has is her instinct. This instinct will help her make smart choices during pregnancy, trust her body throughout birth, and guide her in caring for her child. This week has given me the opportunity to witness this instinct in both my own life and others.
Just over a week ago, I had an appointment to see my midwife. My gut instinct told me that I was probably slated to take the gestational diabetes test and that I should call her to remind me of the proper preparations for the screening. Instead, I didn’t, and subsequently failed the test. I then had to wait two nerve-wracking days to take the 3-hour test, which my instinct told me was going to be a waste of time and leave me looking like a human pin cushion after all of the blood draws. Guess what? My instinct was right–turns out I should have just called my provider in the first place and I don’t have gestational diabetes.
In yoga class yesterday, (which for the record, I believe is the best mental, physical, and spiritual preparation for birth) I started to think about how I might incorporate yoga into my upcoming birth. I looked briefly around the room at the other beautiful mamas in their poses, and wondered the same thing about them. Even when yoga is led by an instructor, the purpose is for each individual to follow their instinct, look deeply within for wisdom, and move in ways that feel right for them. I can think of nothing else that translates so well into birth.
Then, early this morning, I joined a beautiful laboring mama and her partner as their doula. After an entire day of early labor and a long, intense active stage of labor due to a malpositioned baby, this wonderful mama easily pushed out an incredible baby boy with little guidance. How? Her instinct, of course.
So mamas, trust your instinct!! It’s right!!
P.S. My instinct told me that this year the family should go as the “Pac Family.” Here I am with “Blinky!”