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|My early contractions - 2/1/13|
|Kinda looked like a Jeopardy! Buzzer|
|Monitoring my contractions|
|This is me just before my water broke!|
Ecstatic Birth: The Hormonal Blueprint of LaborBy Sarah J. Buckley
Four major hormonal systems are active during labor and birth. These involve:I love how it explains why each hormone is released and how important each is in the labor process. I do believe that since I did labor for 12+ hours, my body released those hormones, even though I ended up having a c-section. I am proud of myself for toughing it out through the contractions, and that in a way has helped me better accept that I had to have a c-section. I am a bit annoyed that throughout my pregnancy and all of the monthly, bi-weekly and eventually weekly check-ups no one noticed that he was breech. I always said my exams were way too quick and were almost a waste of my time. Which was solidified when it was discovered that Chase was breech and it went undetected. I do realize that position can be hard to confirm, especially when they have a round plump butt. But they could have spent a little more time checking me. I want to think that maybe they will use me as a learning experience, and take a bit more time on people next time but I have a feeling they probably won't. That practice is so large, and I am sure no one even thought anything of it. They probably don't even remember examining me. I am pretty out spoken, and I'm quite surprised at myself for not calling them out on it. I think what is keeping me from being mad is a couple of things. 1. Chase is healthy and we are all happy and 2. If I knew I was having a c- section ahead of time, I would have googled the crap out of it and freaked myself out reading all of the cons and complications of a c-section and psyched myself out. Also, they probably would have wanted to schedule the procedure, meaning I wouldn't have labored and Chase wouldn't have come out on his own accord. I am a big believer in "everything happening for a reason" which is a great way to live if you ask me!
1. oxytocin, the hormone of love;
2. endorphins, hormones of pleasure and transcendence;
3. epinephrine and norepinephrine, hormones of excitement;
4. prolactin, the mothering hormoneThese systems are common to all mammals and originate in our mammalian or middlebrain, also known as the limbic system.For birth to proceed optimally, this part of the brain must take precedence over the neocortex, or rational brain.This shift can be helped by an atmosphere of quiet and privacy, with, for example, dim lighting and little conversation, and no expectation of rationality from the laboring woman. Under such conditions a woman intuitively will choose the movements, sounds, breathing, and positions that will birth her baby most easily. This is her genetic and hormonal blueprint All of these systems are adversely affected by current birth practices. Hospital environments and routines are not conducive to the shift in consciousness that giving birth naturally requires. A woman's hormonal physiology is further disturbed by practices such as induction, the use of painkillers and epidurals, caesarean surgery, and separation of mother and baby after birth.
|Laying there while they opened me up!|
|Mike took this, and yes the doc. had him by the neck!|
|Holding and seeing my little baby boy for the first time!|
|My amazing nurse Debbie giving Chase his first bath|
|Aunt Julie, Grandma Mary & Uncle Richard|
|Grandma & Grandpa Elliott, Daddy & Aunt Lisa|
|The "Real Houswives of CrossFit Syracuse!"|
|Chase & His CrossFit Coaches|