Shaking off Labels: How “Risk” in pregnancy can equal “Reward” instead
As we all know, the discrepancies that emerge between scripting a plan and the reality of setting that plan into motion can often be vast. A birthing plan is no exception. What we don’t always realize is that the experiences that unfold between plan-making and life happening can be also be joyous… Such was our lesson on Monday night, eloquently delivered by the three women who shared their birth stories during our informational meeting: Choices in a “High Risk” Pregnancy.
Here at Choices in Childbirth we aim to provide you with information on how to deal when someone informs you that the birth plan you envisioned might need a rewrite; but as our meeting progressed another important theme unfolded. Tracy, Mayra, and Carla, our fabulous mother speakers and script changing extraordinaires, shared an inspiring common message in their stories of ultimately making peace with, and even celebrating, the birthing experiences that had differed (at times drastically) from their original visions.
Also in the house were Dr. George Mussalli and Dr. Jacqueline Worth of Village Obstetrics. To say that we were thrilled to have the doctors is an understatement! Village Obstetrics, self-described as “minimally invasive obstetrics,” is great option in NYC for women who are interested in working with mother-friendly obstetricians. As Mayra described about her story of working with Drs. Worth and Mussalli, these two doctors truly respect women’s autonomy and the process of birth- even in a situation that is less than ideal.
And now, on to the stories: Please feel keep the circle of information growing and flowing by responding with your questions and comments. As if navigating a pregnancy doesn’t feel mysterious at times to even the most informed among us, if your pregnancy has been additionally deemed as “high risk” things are likely to get even more confusing. Know that you are not alone! Read on and post away.