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What lessons have you learned through your pregnancy, labor and birth? Did you learn to surrender? Did you learn that you’re more powerful than you thought?….. Did you learn that your baby may be born on Valentine’s Day even if you really didn’t want that?
This week we’re speaking with Erin Wilkins, who you may know on Instagram as @essentiallyerin__. Erin has had all of her biological babies at home, jumping on the homebirth train 8 years ago during her first pregnancy… even though she was working as an RN! I know you’re going to love this episode.
I was also blessed to have my best friend and fellow homebirth mama Emily join the conversation, my co-host this show, and it was so fun to get her perspective on a number of questions and topics. She’s growing a beautiful community over at @emily_authentically if you want to follow along
Before we jump in, let’s take a quick moment to think our reviewer of the week, Lexi Fab.
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What an incredible discussion! As we head into this week’s episode roundup, I want to go over a few points that stuck out.
- Every mother experiences labor in her own way. For Erin, there’s a sense of solitude that she walks, and I certainly remember that feeling. Yes, we’re surrounded with love and support, but nevertheless we’re the only one who can bring this baby forth into the world. This task is daunting, but it leads me to my second point
- As Erin discussed, she also knew that she wasn’t alone. She likened her experience to that of her savior, and she felt the holiness of his presence in her labor, even during the solitude. There’s such a spiritual, connective aspect to birth, and I love how Erin tapped into that during her labors.
- And finally, every birth brings with it new lessons to learn, to internalize, to add to our motherhood. With her most recent birth, the recognition that Erin truly had no control over the outcome— when her baby would arrive, whether or not she’d experience another cervical lip— it all brought the difficult, but important, and somehow freeing realization that we’re not in control of our outcomes, but we are in control of how we apply those lessons to our life. And that’s where the beauty is.
What a fun conversation that was. Before you hop off, would you take a screenshot or picture of you listening and share it to your stories? Tag @happyhomebirthpodcast, @essentiallyerin__ and @emilyauthentically and let us know your favorite takeway. Okay my friends that’s all I’ve got for you today. I’ll see you back here next week.