As I continue to reflect on my birth experience and life with my two children I feel compelled to reach out to people like you. Thank you for the amazing labour support and continued breastfeeding support you provided for myself, Nathan and Emily. Just an update, we are still exclusively breastfeeding and it is going well. I know that we had discussed previously that I didn't necessarily feel that "breastfeeding bond" or closeness but a week or so ago it just clicked. I do feel that bond and am starting to "get" why women love breastfeeding for more than the nutritional value. It is a nice time of closeness in a hectic day between mother and daughter (even at 3 am!). I never thought in a million years I would say that or feel this way.
I really believe that my birth experience (VBAC) lead to an awesome postpartum and breastfeeding experience. Nathan and I will be forever grateful to you for your advice up to and during the birth. We know that you were a large part of our VBAC success. I could see in your face that you believed in me even when I was losing faith in my body and myself. I knew in my heart that a vaginal birth would make huge difference to my family and I. I can't believe how much better I feel both physically and emotionally compared to my first birth. I also feel strong, confident and proud.
Thank you for listening to me, being nonjudgmental, open and honest and most of all believing in birth and women. You are a gift to babies and women.
So much love,
Rachel, Nathan, Lucas and Emily