Don’t Think There is a Mind Body Connection at Birth?
I attended a home birth today where the mom was only a few days postdates. She was due on Saturday and she had the baby on Wednesday. She was nine days postdates with her previous two. I was headed to bed last night and decided to text her to touch base. I said, ” Let’s have a baby tonight!” She has always envisioned her labor being at night. She replied, “I am game! What should I do…no contractions or anything.” We chatted back and forth a bit more. I encouraged her to be patient. We then chatted about the midwife she most connected to was leaving town tomorrow and how if she wanted her she would have to wait for another 11 days- that was not happening! So if she wanted this particular midwife, she needed to have a baby tonight!
At 2:30am, 4 hours later she called. Although she did not sound like she was in active labor, these contractions had awakened her and she said she felt we needed to be headed her way. The midwife arrived only minutes before me. I arrived at 3:30am. This mom had a baby in her arms at 4:55am, not quite two hours from my arrival. We joked that if what she had needed , was me suggesting she have the baby, we could have done it a few days earlier!
I believe there is a huge mind body connection. What do you think?