Time to wait
One of the most important things I say to my mommies to be is“you have time to
wait.” I am a firm believer in letting labor begin on its own. I am cautious and of course rely on the the mothers primary care for instruction, however when I see a suggestion made to a perfectly healthy mom & baby to go in for an induction at 38 weeks I cringe… Why? I was wisely taught that one intervention leads to another and so forth. I actually experienced this in my own birth experience.
It is possible to wait for labor to begin on its own. Is it easy? No! In our society we bombard women with a barrage of unintended insults during the end of her pregnancy. For us those simple comments of “your still pregnant” or “Oh man you look like you’re gonna burst” or better yet how about “how do you not fall over.” may seem innocent enough when said, however when you have several people saying this to you daily, not to mention the gawking of strangers and nervous looks from grocery store owners concerned about your water breaking all over their floor it starts to weigh on you. Women do a self-analysis and start to think things like “you know I am really uncomfortable”, “I really do want to meet my baby”, “having a scheduled delivery may not be so bad”. This leads them down the slippery slope of interfering with the divine system God put in place to begin with.
If a woman is able to overcome all of this and wait for labor to begin on its own, she is more likely to accomplish her birth intervention free. Now of course I will add in a disclaimer that if all is not well with mom
and / or baby interventions are well welcomed and I am grateful they are available in those situations.
However when you are in good health and baby is too, there is no reason to have an induction just to simply meet your baby, or finally get everyone off your back. These are not the reason we should choose to interfere with Gods plan for childbirth.
Our bodies are simply amazing! It never surprises me when I learn another way that our body helps us prepare for childbirth. God truly had a plan and knew what he was doing when he created woman unique from man yet the two are one! When combined a husband and a wife bring key elements to the table in helping a woman be ready to birth. We actually help each other mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically to be prepared to welcome our new babies into the world. Key elements like hormone levels, cervical change, and physical energy, are just a few of the benefits a husband and wife provide each other. So take the time to wait on your body to begin labor on its own. You will not regret looking back and remembering those first few
contractions, the burst of energy you get when you realize this is it, or the sense of peace you feel knowing your body is doing what it was designed to do!
Jenny is a dedicated christian wife and mother. That is now pursuing her passion for everything birth!
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