While my most recent pregnancy concluded before the 40 week mark, I am all too familiar with that feeling of a steadily-approaching due date and no end in sight as this is what I experienced with my first pregnancy.
Those last few weeks are, simply put, rough - on the body, on the emotions, on the mind. Pregnancy is an endurance race, there's no doubt about that. But with modern medicine, it seems like we've transitioned to the expectation that a pregnancy can and should end well before the due date, and sometimes they do for medically-relevant reasons. All too often, though, it's simply because of that pesky thing we all get from time to time: impatience.
I recently met another blogger, Haley, who is also a doula. I personally never used a doula with either of my pregnancies, but had I known they existed and cared as much as she does, I probably would have looked into it further! I just love the brief description she gives in one of her posts about why she does what she does: "I empower birthing parents to have the birth experience they want and deserve." How awesome is that? To be an advocate for parents and get to witness the miracle of birth over and over again through that role.
Her blog, Tranquility by HeHe, is super informative and a great resource for women trying to get pregnant, expecting moms, and brand-new moms making that tough transition into motherhood. Be sure to go give it a look if you are in any of these roles, are planning to be, or know someone who could benefit from her perspective!
We decided to collaborate on a post relating to pregnancy. I felt strongly about this urgent need women have developed about rushing their labor and delivery because of my experience with my first and what I've witnessed in other women. As a doula, this was also a topic very relevant to her readers, so we decided on a post all about trusting your body in those final weeks of pregnancy.
I'm very excited to share the final product with you! It is featured on her blog and can be found by clicking below:
I really enjoyed contributing my story for this piece as well as seeing the final product in combination with Haley's knowledge and experience as a doula. I think it's both informative and relatable, so go give it a read if it's something you'd be interesting in hearing more about!