As you might be aware, S and I are expecting our second baby this summer. I’m someone who likes to be fully informed about everything, I truly believe that knowledge is power. Obviously labour is unpredictable, but I still feel the need to know as much as I can in advance in order to feel a bit more in control.
Over the coming months I plan to do lots of reading to prepare myself for birth. My son’s birth ended in an emergency c-section. While I found the physical recovery much better than I was expecting, I found the emotional recovery much more challenging. I’m very keen to have a VBAC (vaginal birth after Caesarean) this time round, so I’m planning on doing all I can to give myself the best possible chance of this happening.
As a nurse, I am approaching this from a scientific background. I want to seek out the best possible sources of information so that I can make evidence-based decisions and know that my actions are backed up by high quality research.
However, I also love reading other people’s birth stories and am an avid fan of ‘One Born Every Minute’. Sometimes the experiences of other women can teach us so much more than science alone. I’m sure any midwife would tell you that caring for women during childbirth is as much an art as it is a science.
As I’m planning to do so much research and reading about birth over the coming months, I thought it wouldn’t be fair to keep it all to myself. Also, as a blogger, I feel compelled to share this information with my readers!
So, I’m very excited to announce that from Monday I will be running a new series on the blog called Birth and Beyond where I will be sharing birth stories as well as evidence-based information about birth. If you have a birth story or anything else you would like to contribute to the series, blogger or non-blogger, I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me on Facebook or Twitter.