One of the challenges I have when meeting with doula clients, specifically first time parents, is helping them understand what labor will be like. Sometimes that's good because each person experiences it differently and there's really no way to understand it until you've experienced it. But sometimes it's not because I want them to know how prepared they have to be without turning it into something to fear. And while I know that there are many sensations, descriptions, and experiences that tend to be more common that I try to share, the only experience I have to directly pull from is my own. Part of me doesn't want to give too much information since it is so unique to each person and I want clients experiencing their labor rather than waiting for the "right" sensations and feelings but inevitably at every meeting with a first time couple, they want help understanding what it will be like.
So how would YOU describe labor?
If you were talking with a first time mom and she asked you what it feels like, what would you say? What words were helpful or harmful to you before birth? If you had a hospital birth, how did you know when it was time to go? How would you describe the sensations to someone planning a natural birth? Or any birth? Was it what you expected? What is something that you wish someone had told you beforehand?
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Just in case you wanted to see a picture of me in labor :)
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