I realize it probably sounds cliche to say this, but every birth changes me. Every birth.
It was so powerful and so beautiful to watch Katie labor. The trust and confidence she had in her body. The calm, the centering. Her labor was so instinctual and full of trust. Her husband there, quietly attentive, reading and anticipating her needs. Her mamma there, so supportive and calm and strong. I think Katie drew so much strength from the energy and unyielding support they brought. And her midwife and nurse created such a nurturing environment.
Labor responds to love and gentleness and support and quiet knowing. Consider the people in your life who intuitively know how to create the environment you need during birth. Because you'll never forget how you felt during this time. And if you're in need of a doula or labor support, please reach out to me.