When Your Birth Plan Goes Astray: The Rewrite of My Yogic Birth Story by Nicole DeAvilla
As a yoga teacher, I thought I would have a different birthing story to tell. Instead of...
- Laboring at home practicing prenatal yoga – I was induced at the hospital.
- Practicing yoga poses and meditating – I had to lie prone in the hospital bed.
- Eating healthily – I begged for more JELL-O to curb my growing hunger!
- Breathing with natural contractions – I progressed from no contractions to rapid, intense, pitocin-induced contractions.
- Planning to consider a light epidural – I needed to have a full-on numbing one.
- Practicing yoga during labor – I was exhausted with an epidural and slept through my labor.
- Squatting for delivery – My dead weight unfeeling legs were propped into a semi-squat position on the bed.
- Feeling the contractions and moving and breathing yogically with them – My doctor had to tell me when I was having a contraction.
- Pushing with my strength and coordination – I had to imagine muscles I couldn’t feel.
In the end, none of this mattered! Having a healthy wonderful baby to cherish was the foremost goal and was the awesome result. In the end I do have an even better yoga birthing story and lesson: Accepting what is, maintaining a sense of humor and being grateful. That’s a happy yoga birthing story.
Did you have a re-write of your birthing story? Please share!