Today we are going to talk about empowerment! What does that word mean? What are some steps you can take right now to start fostering that feeling of empowerment? I’m excited to walk with you through this journey of finding your power and your voice to enjoy a better birth
Each episode is based on four pillars:
Normalizing the Birth Process
Empowerment is the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights. This is a process, and it doesn’t happen overnight.
Example: You want a VBAC. You choose a supportive provider. You decline tests you don’t want. You master your thoughts and overcome the fear of birth so that you can make decisions based on your desired birth outcome.
During my first pregnancy, I was the opposite of empowered. I put my confidence in my provider instead of myself. I let my team control my life and my baby’s life. I handed over my rights when I didn’t think I had any.
My second was intentional. I considered my options and providers. I chose which tests I wanted. I normalized the process of birth, so I feared it less.
Steps to becoming empowered during pregnancy:
1. Decide what you want. If you don’t know what you want, you won’t know how to get there.
2. Learn what your options are (location, tests, difference in providers)
3. Normalize the birth process
4. Affirmations: You are strong. You are capable. Rewire your brain to believe that.
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