At Birth You Desire (BYD) we are uniquely set up with this situation as we have been offering virtual doula services for over five years. When we started virtual support, this was a new unpresented service.
Birth is a guessing game. When will I go into labor? How long will labor last? Will be baby be born vaginally? Can I do it with minimal interventions? Will I tear? What if I have to make a decision about a cesarean? Will I have childcare for my other children? What if someone shows up that I didn’t invite? What will recovery be like? Can I breastfeed successfully?
A goal is the desired outcome of result of action. A healthy vaginal birth. You can focus on it and drive yourself to complete it. With a goal when it is completed it is over, finished, and dismissed. You will either have to create another new goal or return to our old practices.
A comprehensive class can teach the couple about their birth options, preferences, and help them to make a plan for a positive empowering outcome.
Your birth journey is just that – your experience. Own YOUR birth journey. It is not a competition with your friends, family, and the internet. The only competition you have is with yourself. Your expectations, your goals, your beliefs, and your biology.