One of the blogs I read has almost nothing to do with birth, except the woman has given birth to four children (twin girls followed by two boys). I came across it when I first started blogging, and it appealed to me on a few different levels, so I’ve continued to read “Parenting by Trial and Error.” A recent post was guest-written, and was entitled, “The Evolution of a Natural Birthing, Attachment Parenting, Homeschooling Mom.” The story sounds quite familiar — she started her first pregnancy with no particular desires about birth, breastfeeding, attachment parenting, etc., but gradually came to have quite solidified views. It’s a story that I’ve often heard repeated in one form or another, at one stage of motherhood or another. Details may change a bit, but it seems that many of us have traveled this road — from accepting societal norms, or just whatever our friends are doing, to stopping and thinking about our actions and choices. Perhaps we then make different choices; perhaps we continue to make the same choices — but either way, we are better for making conscious decisions, rather than just blindly “choosing” what everybody else is doing.
When I was pregnant with my first child, I assumed he’d sleep in a crib. After all, that’s where babies sleep, right?
At that time, I’d never heard of co-sleeping, slings or attachment parenting. Dr. Brazelton was barely on my radar, much less Dr. Sears. I’m assuming I planned to breastfeed – since I never stocked up on formula – but I wasn’t particularly passionate about it either way. As for labor and birth, I don’t think I gave them much thought either. I took the series of childbirth classes at our local hospital and read What to Expect When You’re Expecting, but that’s about it.
Then my son was born, and everything changed.
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