Birthing For Dummies [The Spanish Edition]

Penned by Meredith Rob and I began our birthing classes last week. We were referred to a wonderful woman named Jenny, who runs a birthing studio called Previda. When I first contacted Jenny, I told her that I wanted a natural birth and she was ecstatic to hear this news. As I’ve said before, cesarean sections are prevalent in Costa Rica. She explained to us how the classes worked, but I knew immediately that our biggest obstacle would be that three of the classes were taught in Spanish. While Rob and I understand a great deal of Spanish… it was not ideal to learn about going into labor, the actual delivery and many more aspects of childbirth in a language that is not our first. So, we decided...
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Baby: 100% Naturally Delivered

Penned by Meredith Cesarean sections are the norm down here in Costa Rica. Perhaps because it can be a planned event, perhaps it is easier on the doctors schedule or perhaps because the soon-to-be mom feels it is what is safer for her baby. Regardless of their reasons, I am choosing to be the minority down here. I want to have a natural, drug-free birth. When I first found out I was pregnant, I was sure I would get the epidural and have the baby in the least painful way possible. As my pregnancy progressed and I began to educate myself about the birthing process, I soon realized that maybe I needed to reevaluate this decision. I remember when I first told Rob about my plan to have...
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28 Weeks

Penned by Meredith It is hard to believe that in twelve weeks or less we will be parents to a little baby girl. I feel like just yesterday, I was beginning to write about this experience and now it is truly becoming a reality. I won’t lie… I’m scared. We’re scared. What do we know about being parents? Nothing. Our maternal/paternal instincts will just kick in right? I ask myself this question daily yet I still don’t feel like I know the answers. Perhaps it will just take the moment that she physically enters our exterior world that we will know… yes, we do have those instincts. What we do know at this point is that we already love this little being as if she has always been...
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