While there are no guarantees one can always hope for an inspired birth.
The first sensations, or power surges, come on slowly. It is night so you try to let your partner sleep but you are too excited. You doubt if this is really “it”! Your nesting instinct had you cleaning the house from top to bottom. Now you know why. Excitement and just the right amount of fear convince you that you need to pay attention. You remember that the same love hormones that got the baby in will be responsible for getting the baby out. Your body knows what to do – if you can work with and not fight against it. You wonder how can you embrace the birth journey? You decide to listen to your body and baby.
Your birth doula is arriving. Your parents are here to help take care of your three year old daughter. This is finally the day you have been waiting for. Soon you will meet your baby. You dance with your partner. You know that it is early and there will be many hours of work ahead. You decide to eat and rest as much as possible. Time seems to stand still. Your strength and stamina are holding up well. You walk in the garden surrounded by birds singing stopping every now and then to breathe. It is a beautiful sunny day. Many hours pass.
Your midwife and her assistant are arriving. Everything seems brighter and colors seem more vivid then you have ever seen them. You are so glad the birth tub is ready. Water seems like the perfect comfort measure. Walking and breathing have gotten you this far but now you want something more. Luckily you can eat and drink, as you desire. Your three year old wanders in and out of the room completely as ease with what is happening. She is happy that she has grandma to play with too.