When we talk about birth warriors.. many women think of the woman who gets to birth how she wants, no matter what adversity she faces. This story, though, is about another type of birth warrior, one that I was honored to attend, the one that births on her own terms, making the difficult choices, choices that remain her choices. The woman who is dealt a difficult situation but retains her dignity, her autonomy, and her power throughout.
This woman is a birth warrior.
you are a warrior in every sense of the term. Through getting to know
you prenatally, I could see the grit and determination that you carried
from other areas of your life, other challenges that you had faced and
were now facing, and knew you were 'that woman' who other women look up
to and admire!
During your birthing time, when you called me to
your side, we knew something was off. Baby's heart rate wasn't doing
what we like to see it do. We talked through why your care provider was
worried, what it may mean, and what your options were for your birthing
You were given all of your options, realistic
expectations, and possible outcomes. You chose your plan of care through
careful consideration and steadfast assuredness. You worked your way
through your options, from least intervening to most intervening. As
each option showed that it didn't resolve the issue, you were quick to
voice your next choice.
Your care provider, though he didn't
agree with you, honored and respected your choices. When the final
options were weighed and tested, you were given the concrete knowledge
and assurance that you had tried everything in your power to resolve baby's heart rate.
As your baby was brought out of your body, you knew in your heart of hearts that you had done everything you
could do for your baby, and the final gift you gave her during your
birthing journey was surrender. Although there may be disappointment,
there are no regrets in her birthed story. You are confident that you
worked hard for her, and you were given closure that they were able to
find the reason for her not tolerating a vaginal birth journey. It may
have been out of your hands but you were always in control of your
Angela, you are a birth warrior. You are a
life warrior. You are an inspiration to me and, if more women knew the
details of your journey, you would be such an inspiration to them!
Welcome baby girl, and congratulations family R!