I am starting this blog for a bunch of different reason, but mostly I want this to be documented and available to be searched and viewed by others. At so many points in my life I have felt like I was educated enough, and have always found that I am no where close! First of all I have a degree from St. Ambrose University in Fitness and Human Performance. After I got out of college I felt like I had a pretty good understanding of the body, and how it works. I experimented with myself on different levels of exercise to see what I could create, and how far I could push myself. When I got pregnant with my son I had just graduated 4 months earlier. I was competing in cage fighting at the time, so I was in very good shape. I could run 10 miles without breathing hard, and I could lift weights for hours. This led me to believe that I could easily give birth to a baby. I had heard people compare childbirth to running a marathon, which I had already done in 2007, so I was ready right? By the way I think that running a marathon is so much easier than childbirth, especially when it comes to the level of control you have over the outcome!
In this blog I am going to take you along with me as I try to heal myself and prepare myself for what comes next! I have two children with two very similar birth experiences. I had two cesarean births within 16 months. At first I felt like the health system that I believed in so much had failed me. Then I realized that even though maternity care is in serious need of a revamp, there were a lot of issues with my body that led me down the road of a cesarean. I will get into that later. First, I would like to share with you my birth stories because every woman whether they have a good or 'bad' experience should do so. After all it is the most amazing thing a woman's body can do!