“Even if it has not been your habit throughout your life so far, I recommend that you learn to think positively about your body.” This quote can be found in the book “Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth.”
Ina May Gaskin, often referred to as the “mother of modern midwifery,” has inspired many women to think positively about their bodies, especially in the context of pregnancy and birth. Missouri mother Lauren Flaugher picked up Gaskin’s book to prepare for the birth of her second child.
She found the birth stories within the book to be powerful and inspirational. Little did she know that the birth story of her son, Finn, would catch the attention of many outside her immediate circle of family and friends for the power and inspiration that can be drawn from it.
Flaugher planned on giving birth naturally. On May 3, she labored and birthed Finn at a freestanding birth center, Birth, and Wellness Center, with certified midwives in attendance. She labored in the shower and hot tub at the center before Finn made his great entrance into the world.
As she pushed, Finn’s body seemed stuck. The midwives suggested a few positions and movements change his positioning.
After eight and half hours of labor, including 30 minutes of pushing, Finn was born. Once everybody saw him, they were not surprised that he needed a little encouragement to come out.
As some of you know, there have been a lot of news stories about my wife, Lauren, and the birth of our son, Finn, over…
Newborn Finn was placed on the scale, but it was not able to calculate his weight. Flaugher thought that the scale was broken.
The midwife’s jaw dropped to the floor because she knew that the scale was not broken. The issue was that the scale only went up to 12 pounds!
When they brought in a digital scale that had a greater weight limit, it was Flaugher’s turn for her jaw to drop to the floor. She found out that she had just birthed a 13-pound baby naturally, without any pain medication!
Flaugher told People, “Part of the prep for a natural birth was not to think of it as painful, but intense. And it was really intense — I felt very aware of what was happening to my body.”
It was impossible for Flaugher not to think positively about her body after such an empowering and amazing birth! We extend our congratulations to the Flaugher family on the enormous blessing that they have been given.