My son’s birth offers me a new perspective

Aug. 19, 2016 – Wow, is it almost September already?! This time of year is very special to me, because I’m nostalgic of last fall, when my husband and I found out I was pregnant. As parents, I’m sure you understand what I mean when I say that nothing has been the same since.

Our son arrived on July 9th in a way far from what we had planned for or imagined. My pregnancy was spent doing yoga, drinking red raspberry leaf tea, meeting with doulas, reading Ina May’s book, and visualizing a non-medicated birth. However, as I approached week 42 of pregnancy, we agreed to try to get things going with an induction, but upon arrival at the hospital I was diagnosed with HELLP syndrome, an extreme form of pre-eclampsia. So my low intervention birth plan was interrupted with magnesium, high blood pressure medication, and continuous monitoring.

Long story short, Oliver Gregory was delivered via a general anesthesia c-section and I had a rough recovery with several hours of uncertainty. As sad and scared as I was, as soon as I met my son, all negativity disappeared. I quickly saw that Oliver was strong, happy, and beautiful.

Children are resilient.

When friends and family asked how we were doing in the weeks that followed (and as more complications arose), I always joked that Oliver was the least of our concerns – it was my body that seemed to be the problem. But it was true. And I now have a new respect for the strength that our children offer us. Oliver was our rock, our source of joy and happiness in those scary moments at the hospital and in the weeks of recovery.

So what does all of this mean for Yoga Friends?

Upon this discovery of the strength we can derive from our little ones, I will approach every interaction with your children with a new sense of awe and wonder of what they are capable of. While they are still delicate and require care, they are also extremely strong and resilient, and have so much to share. I will listen more intently, challenge them more (but with safety as a first priority!), and enjoy their presence with more gratitude.

Where can you find me this fall?

I hope you’ll join me soon in a YF adventure. Check out the Classes and Events page!

Have a birth story you’d like to share? I love hearing birth stories, and find that each time I share mine, I heal a little more from the loss of the birth I had anticipated. Shoot me an email if you’d like to share yours with me!