The 5 Emotional Stages of Labor Readiness
You have about 40 weeks to mentally wrap your head around giving birth. You'll read and watch birth stories unfold, take birthing classes, and write out your plan to share with your birth team. You'll be as ready as you possibly can be, but what happens when those contraction waves start flowing? What happens when reality hits and you realize that you are actually going to birth a baby? I would love to say that this article is just for first time moms. That it is just for those who have not yet experienced labor and birth, but that's not the truth. It does not matter how many times you have labored. It does not matter how many babies you have pushed earth side. The same emotions are experienced each time. Trust me, I just birthed baby #5, and I went through all of this -- AGAIN -- just as I have for all the births that came before this one. There are a solid five stages that occur once you mind wraps around the labor that is beginning. These stages may transition quicker or slower for you depending on your mental state when labor begins and the speed at which you are laboring. After having your baby, it's fun to think back through these stages and realize just how accurate they are!