My birth story is coming a little late (5 months late to be exact). I’ve noticed most women love telling their birth stories. In a way I think it’s our war story. It feels as if we’ve been through a battle. And once the painful labor is over – victory is ours! No matter the story, it’s a miracle and a blessing to welcome a child into this world. Like a lot of other women I wanted to have a natural birth. I even planned out how this would happen. Check out my birth plan. Well turns out our little lady liked being in my belly and she was not ready to come out. Although I tried every tip out there to induce labor, she stayed put. At 42 weeks pregnant I had to be induced. When I went to the hospital Monday morning they said I was maybe a fingertip dilated. Talk about disappointment! At this point I broke down in tears and I think the nurses/doctors didn’t know how to respond. I had this expectation that my labor would be quick and easy. I’m not sure why! All the women in my family had relatively easy labors, lasting anywhere from 1-6 hours. So I just assumed I’d have the same experience, boy was I wrong.
Tip #1 – Ask Questions
Tip #2 – The Magical Hour
Tip #3 – Call your insurance! It could save you $$
I know it can be frustrating trying to get your insurance company on the phone, but trust me it’s so worth it. Many insurances are now providing benefits to promote and encourage breastfeeding. We were able to get our Medela Pump In Style Advanced completely covered through our insurance. Other women have told me they can get at least a portion of their pump covered. We also took a childbirth class while I was pregnant. If we attended 75% of the sessions and had our instructor complete a form we got completely reimbursed for the class. Again, this means extra paperwork, but it’s worth it. A friend also told me that you can claim breastfeeding items on your taxes. Check out how to do this.
Thanks for reading my birth story! What was the most important thing you learned through pregnancy and childbirth?
Every good and perfect gift comes from above. James 1:17