TCPerspective- Fall 2013

Each month, we will be featuring a post from one of our Teacher Certification Program (TCP) students. Coming from a variety of backgrounds, life experience and specializations, CEA/MNY is proud to be educating these bright and enthusiastic women as future CCCEs. 

As a current TCP student, one of the big important things I’ve learned from CEA/MNY is that birth is normal and that it can happen a million different ways. I’ve also learned that one of the big factors that can color birth is fear. When I audited a childbirth series (one of the TCP requirements) it brought me back to my childbirth class….the one I sat in before actually crossing the parent line. Everyone wants to know what it will be like to be in labor, to push a baby out, to take care of a baby. Everyone wants to know how they can have the best possible birth.

Recently, I read in Gayle Peterson’s book, Birthing Normally, that during labor the uterus will stop contracting and the cervix will stop dilating if a woman is not ready to be a mother. Our bodies are controlled by our minds, and each woman has her own unique state of mind at the beginning of labor. When I was in the last weeks of pregnancy with my first child, I remember asking my midwife and doula on separate occasions what I could do to make certain I had the best possible chance at having a smooth birth at home. They both looked at me and told me that I needed to know that I was the only person who could birth my baby and if I was afraid of something during labor I needed to just say it. I didn’t really understand what this meant until I was in labor, but as it turns out, it was the best piece of advice I got.

Somewhere along the way labor got really hard and it stalled. I didn’t think I could keep going, I really thought I might die from exhaustion and pain. Suddenly I blurted out, “I’m afraid the baby will look like my dad!” I started crying and talking to my husband and doula and quickly was able to let that fear go. Soon after, I gained energy and labor starting progressing again. Learning about the physical process of birth and believing in it is so important when preparing couples for birth. However, the physical process only exists in the context of our emotional state. CEA/MNY is really preparing me to teach couples about how the body works, to help them believe in a woman’s ability to birth, to empower them to hire people who believe in a woman’s ability to birth, and to acknowledge their fears and emotions relating to birth.

– Tricia Philips, TCP Student, Mother of two

Tricia Philips and family

Tricia Philips and family

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