Monday, April 7, 2014
#Mamavation Monday: Changing Lives
So the question of the week is what have I done to positively impact my family? The number one thing I did was have a homebirth. This isn't an ad for homebirth or about one type of birth being better than another. Simply put it was the single most life changing decision I've made that still has a positive impact today.
What about that decision has been so impactful? It spiraled my life for the better. I know having a child in general can do that but if I reflect back on my life and my attitude toward life before my homebirth, I almost don't recognize myself.
The homebirth led to breastfeeding. The breastfeeding led to discovering my daughter's wheat allergy. That lead to going gluten-free which led to eating better then to being active in label reading and finding information on GMOs and trying to go green. For me it all started with being welcomed into the "crunchy" community via my homebirth. I wasn't green or hippy-ish before the homebirth and the homebirth community opened my eyes to the importance of the what goes into my body.
The homebirth also changed my outlook on myself. I felt stronger afterward. I felt like I could do anything since I had pushed a baby out in my living-room. I felt more like the woman I was always meant to be and as a result I feel like I live stronger. As the mother of a daughter, I want my daughter to see being a woman is about being strong and that we can do anything we want. I don't want to be the do as I say not as I do sort of person so I must show her strength and not just talk about it.
To me this is were Mamavation fits into my life. I learn about strength, both physical and spiritual, from my fellow Sistas! Mamavation has given me tools for greening my life as well as working out. I love that I can turn to the Sistahood when I'm feeling weak. When I need extra support or just a safe place to bitch. I love the Sistahood and before my homebirth I would have never reached out to join so yes, my homebirth changed everything for me and my family.