This week, I took off from blogging to hang with Luke after his surgery. I handed over the reins to three amazing women: Dianna Kennedy (The Kennedy Adventures), Lisa Schmidt (The Practicing Catholic) and Bonnie Engstrom (A Knotted Life).
They gabbed about faith, motherhood and childbirth, sharing why they chose a specific birth plan. Below are my seven favorite quotes from the week. If time is on your side, I hope you’ll visit my introduction, and the perspectives of Dianna, Lisa and Bonnie. What a tremendous honor to have them here!
I’ll be back next week to share the best moments of summer and give you an update on the brain surgery patient!
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“It’s been said that if you don’t know your options, you don’t have any.” – Lisa, on having a hospital birth
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“Have a supportive husband. [Brett] is as calm as a cucumber when I’m panicking, and always encourages me when I feel like I’m at the end of my rope. He’s smart enough to ignore me when I say, ‘I can’t do this!’ or ‘Just take me home!’ He’s my very best friend, and the only doula I’ll ever need.” – Dianna, on having an unmedicated, natural birthing experience
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“For other moms considering home birth I would strongly recommend both prayer and research. Don’t just look at the stats that favor home birth, either. Do some digging and talk to home birth advocates along with people who prefer traditional medicine. And pray. I truly believe that God has a plan even for things like where and how we give birth and so seek His will and peace about it.” – Bonnie, on having a homebirth
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“While birthing a baby ought to be a natural perhaps even organic process, I know that all pregnancies and births are not created equal. Sometimes things go wrong. When umbilical cords get wrapped in places they shouldn’t, when shoulders get lodged, sometimes the ability to take lifesaving measures is a matter of minutes if not seconds. Knowing that I’m in the place that is best equipped to deal with those contingencies eases me greatly.” – Lisa, on having a hospital birth
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“Women have been having children without medications or interventions since the beginning of time. As part of God’s design, a woman’s body is made for childbirth.” – Dianna, on having an unmedicated, natural birthing experience
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“I was especially impressed with how pro-woman, pro-baby, and pro-life homebirth supporters were. For the first time ever I saw my body as something good, capable, and magnificently created by God.” – Bonnie, on having a homebirth
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“It doesn’ t have to be a war, nor a throw-down of “my way is better than yours.” Truly, no way is more Catholic, no more heroic, no less beautiful than another. At the end of the birth experience all of us receives the same, most awesome, badge of honor: MOM.” – Kathryn, on motherhood
What nuggets of advice do you have to share? I’d love to hear them!
Thanks to Jen for hosting!