Yesterday I wrote an article A letter to my midwife detailing all the BIG BAD feelings I hold around the way I was treated during my second pregnancy, labour and caesarean. It was a quick, off the cuff article that was basically just an out pouring of my grief over the loss of the birth I wanted for my son.
Grief is a powerful emotion. Sharing it can help. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
I shared this article because I know that I am not the only woman who feels this grief and I want women to feel supported in coming forward with their stories.
In sharing my grief I found support, kindness and love I didn't know existed on the internet. I received several messages from women who were moved by my story and many comments of shared grief.
So, while grief may be a strange thing to be grateful for, I am grateful that I found the courage to feel and to share my grief. If my grief helps just one woman heal her own birth grief or avoid it completely I will be a very happy woman.
What is the gratitude challenge? I set myself this challenge as a way of maintaining some mindfulness and gratitude, but also to help me take time each and every day to focus on my writing.
I would welcome anyone else who wants to join the challenge. The rules are simple: Start at a and work your way through to z. You must do one each day, include a photo and they must be at least 2 paragraphs - after all the idea is to work on your writing not just your gratefulness.
I is for Information, what women need to avoid the g is for Grief scenario.
So glad you are feeling just a little bit better. For my fouth I had a home birth and I had J for Joy.