It's probably not healthy given that I am 24 weeks pregnant but I am shamelessly addicted to 'One born every minute' as is my work colleague who is 32 weeks pregnant.
The excitement in the office yesterday afternoon when we realised the episode due to aired that evening was the 'one with the girl with the birthing outfit'! We'd both been completely shocked and amused at last week's trailer showing someone who had designed her own water birthing outfit. I will be honest, we'd both thought that her and her partner were perhaps 'not our kind of people' and we'd made that snap judgement based on their look and dress style and the way they spoke. Not fair but something that happens everyday.
I know that I had smugly thought how much she would care about her bloody outfit once the pain started to rip through her body and wondered if she would be one of the infamous screamers who for some reason had no idea that this process might not be reminiscent of an aromatherapy massage in a luxury spa.
As someone who does not like to admit she is wrong [EVER!] I will swallow my pride and apologise. Heather, I apologise for misjudging you and your birthing outfit. Childbirth has never been a dignified experience but you gave probably the best demonstration of dignity that I have witnessed.
I know everyone is different and maybe you were lucky and had very little pain, or you have a high pain threshold but regardless of that, you showed what can be achieved if you channel your energies into the task at hand rather than worrying about what could be/might be/ is!
I scoffed at your remark about not going to antenatal classes as 'ignorance is bliss' but now wonder if you have a point!
Okay, so if you had been one of the unlucky ladies who did suffer with complications then it would have been a whole different ballgame but you weren't and you just went on to show that a regular uncomplicated birth can be exactly that. Well done lady. I just hope I have a similar experience to you rather than mirror some of the horror stories I've had to hear from friends!
- A first time mum at 39, trying not to let my son kill me off too soon. Busy juggling a new family, a new house and a tricky recording schedule I figured blogging would be less expensive than therapy and less embarrassing than shouting at rude and stupid people in the street/on trains/at the supermarket.