Today, in honor of my birthday, we're excited to share the first of many birth stories that tell us the history of childbirth. Like many first-time mothers, I suspect, I felt as if had been waiting my whole life to have that baby. I was ecstatic. The entire extended family was, really...Nothing seemed to be "wrong" mind you, just that, well, it would be 42 weeks...
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Now, it’s necessary, here, to point out that being a Trendsetter™ is not the same as being trendy. I don’t regularly post on Instagram. I don’t use Snapchat. Heck, I don’t even own a Fedora. But today, I’m happy to use any trendy excuse I can to share about a woman I admire, my mom… my #wcw.
We brought zam zam water, a holy water of sorts, and Khayyam gave me sips of it when I was able. We also brought dates, an homage to the laboring Mariam (Mary), may god be pleased with her--as her labor story in our holy book mentions her at a palm date tree and that they gave her energy for the great work. I tried to mutter prayers, as it is said in our faith that the prayer of a laboring woman is guaranteed God’s ear so to speak.
What I perceive as Braxton-Hicks contractions are more frequent, lasting longer, and the strongest they’ve ever been. I think I knew, subconsciously, that it was right around the corner.
Katie Brenner is co-founder of Doulas of Cincinnati. Her second son was born in early September of 2016 at Family Beginnings at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. Katie shares her birth story and video slideshow featuring birth photography and birth doula support from the Doulas of Cincinnati team.