I think that when most of us hear the word “parenting” it draws to mind images of toddler meltdowns and teenagers trying to steal your car. While these certainly do involve a good bit of (calm, loving, and committed) parenting, that’s not the whole picture.
Yes, parenting definitely requires redirecting and correcting behavior. But before any of that can take place parents must first weed through the heaps of advice directed their way and search out the best options for their family. There is no one size fits all parenting type. Each family is unique as are the different children within that family. Know your options and choose what benefits you and your children.
With that in mind, I’d like to offer up to you the idea that parenting does not begin when your baby is born. It begins with pregnancy. Each family needs to know all of their options during pregnancy and for birth and make the right choices for them. My job as a childbirth educator and doula is to offer up all of these choices to you and then support and empower your decisions. Your birth is not my birth. Your family is not my family.
Just as you would most likely find little and frustrating success “winging it” when raising your children, please don’t simply “wing it” for your birth. Begin with knowledge. Begin with confidence. Begin with joy.