The other night Brooke Burke and boyfriend David Charvet attended the LA premiere of Ricki Lake’s movie The Business of Being Born.
A few nights later while she was up with her sick daughter, Brooke couldn’t sleep so she decided to write. She is dreaming of labor and can’t not wait to meet her new baby.
Here are her thoughts:
I went to an amazing premiere a few nights ago called “The Business Of Being Born”. It’s a documentary by Ricky Lake about the birthing process and the many choices we have. It was very emotional, informative and shocking in many ways. The information it provided for expectant mothers was eye opening and a bit disturbing. It was pro home birth. I used to think I wanted to experience that, but I was quickly talked out of it by my ex who is a Doctor, and very conservative. It turns out that I delivered Neriah 5 weeks premature, and it would have been a very dangerous situation. I went into labor with Sierra 3 wks early, and I was induced with Rain for several reasons 2 wks early.
As much as the thought of a candle lit, warm bath delivery at home sounds kind of cool; I think I feel safer in the hospital. I have to admit though, after watching the film I really hope that all things happen naturally in my body and I can deliver with out being educed.I think it is so important to have a birthing plan and go over it with your Doctor. I know many women who have had a traumatic experience because of a lack of information, intimacy, and fear.
Try to be as informed as possible before you get close to your due date about the process, get all your questions answered. If a natural delivery is important to you, find out what your Dr.’s percentage of c-sections is, and how often he educes and why. You can also have a Dula present at your birth, in or out of the hospital.
Sometimes what we imagine and wish for is out of our control because of unexpected circumstances or complications. I don’t want to scare anyone, because labor is scary enough, but get informed, so you can have a beautiful experience.
Fingers crossed that the 4th time will be her best experience. She is very lucky to have 3 healthy girls. Someone once told me that the pain of labor is forgettable – until you get pregnant again!
Brooke’s site: Babooshbaby.com