In Genesis 3 God talks about how women will feel the (pain) of childbirth. How you percieve this pain will determine how it will affect your labor and delivery.
I started feeling consistent contractions at around 3am July 21st. Tommy called our sister in law, Andra, she was our doula (labor coach) and she came over. The contractions were still pretty far apart so we just hung out at the house. Tommy made us breakfast, we watched movies, told some jokes, just really relaxing. The contractions still weren't that bad so we went to the grocery store and had a little walk, then went and had some lunch at Subway. At around 3pm the contractions picked up, I took a nap and labored on my birth ball. It was amazing laboring at my own home where I was comfortable and completely in control. 7pm rolled around and the contractions were getting so close together that we decided to head to the hospital. (OU Medical) Checked in and got to the birthing suite. I labored in the bath tub (I actually almost fell asleep in the the tub, I recommend the birthing tub to any pregnant lady), on the birth ball and toilet. It was so wonderful being free from IV's so I could move around as much as I wanted. At about 3am I started pushing, I pushed in a few different positions (On my side..on all fours..sitting up.. I like variety.) until I was in one that felt the best to me. At 4:09am on July 22nd (6 days past my "due date") Lily Mae was born. My midwife put her directly on my chest and me and Tommy finally got to see our sweet girl's face.
Having a natural birth is a beautiful, organic, amazing experience and I am so beyond privileged that I had this experience. Tommy and I learned a lot about each other in those 2 days, he saw a strength in me that was brand new to him and I relied on his sweet encouraging words and sweet hugs of reassurance that I could do this. Going through labor in this way brought us to a whole new level of love and trust. Truly magical. Knowing that you and your baby worked together to finally meet face to face, feeling so empowered as a woman and having your body be completely in charge, wow, that is such a GREAT thing. And all of this is possible because our gracious God has made us in such a perfect way so that we can give birth. I can do ALL things through Christ Jesus our Lord!!! Amen!
So.. as I sit here with this big 6 month old baby of mine..I feel so honored to have a story like this to tell. I encourage any of you pregnant women who may be reading this, that you can do it momma! Trust your body and know that our Jesus made it perfect for giving birth to your amazing creation.