One day at the end of 40 weeks looms large – your child’s birthday. For many women, childbirth evokes feelings of anxiety, discomfort, and even terror. Pain relief or all natural, Caesarean section or vaginal delivery – for the uninitiated, labour appears to be a minefield.
One blog aiming to cut through the confusion is Birth Without Fear. A six-time childbirth veteran, January Harshe began her blog in 2010 to help educate women in their birthing options and to help support other women from conception right through to motherhood.
Her Instagram @birthwithoutfear is extremely popular, with over 220,000 followers. She recently posted: “Self care isn’t selfish, it’s necessary. Especially as #mothers. We can not be our best selves, or even our OK selves, if we are giving away all of ourselves without replenishing. Our mental and physical health suffer. We suffer. Our family suffers. Our work/business suffers. All because you aren’t taking care of you. NOT taking care of yourself IS selfish, not the other way around.”
As well as insights from January, mothers can submit their childbirth experiences for publication on the blog. One woman, Samantha Wall, recently wrote of her experience of having a vaginal birth after Caesarean (VBAC). She was in prodromal labour for a month before beginning contractions one night. With the help of her husband Steve and doula Amber, she got through labour without an epidural and achieved a safe vaginal delivery.
“I am so thankful for Steve Amber and all the nurses and doctors who helped me achieve my VBAC. I am thankful that I had the courage to stay patient and thankful that I was given space and time to make my own decisions. This birth story is so different from my first, and I am so grateful to have been able to have such an incredible experience.”
Were you fearful of childbirth? Was it a positive or negative experience? Who helped you through it? Share your story with us HERE!