Affirmation Monday #15

"I am in control of my birth & my choices"

 

I love this stunning image from Jennifer Mason Photography!

I love this stunning image from Jennifer Mason Photography!

Mamas, I will say it time and time again, one of the most important things in birth is informed consent. You have every single right to know exactly what goes on during your birth process, and you have every single right choose just about every aspect of it. 

Everything from where you give birth, to your birth team, and even the procedures that happen to you; you have a say. 

This is YOUR birth. You are in control. 

It's so important during this process to be reminded of that, either by your partner, your mom, or your doula, you need to be reminded that you are the one that dictates how this day will go (to some extent). Your baby of course is the ultimate factor, but as long as everyone is happy and healthy, practically every choice you make is yours!

Isn't that wonderful?!

As a bonus, there's a quote I really love by January Harshe (creator of Birth Without Fear) that goes:

"I don't care what kind of birth you have...a home birth, scheduled cesarean, an epidural hospital birth or if you give birth alone in the woods next to a baby deer. I care that you had options, that you were supported in your choices and that you were respected."

I feel like that really sums it up beautifully.
You have choices, which you need to be supported and respected in. This is of the utmost importance during labour and birth. And I hope you all have tons of it!

-Lila