I started babysitting when I was 11 years old. My mom worked in day cares for years so I was around babies in those settings. I knew a good bit about taking care of children despite being the youngest of two by seven years. What I didn’t realize was that besides the usual physical and emotional challenges of raising kids that perfectionism would rule over all for me and be my deciding factor of how I parented for many years.
When I gave birth to my oldest daughter, I didn’t have any idea how much her birth would be a shock to my system. Fortunately I was prepared for it as much as a woman who hasn’t yet experienced it can be. My birth was a physically painful and emotionally exhausting ordeal. My ten-pound baby was born at home with the assistance of a midwife and her assistants a few days after her due date. What I learned from that experience is that birth is unpredictable. In celebration of her 13 years on this earth and the 3 homebirths I had after (her including a set of twins) I devised these 10 tips to help others find balance in their own birth experience.