/ The Daisy Foundation with Lesley Doig

A baby in hindsight: Why choose antenatal education?

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. It allows us to reflect and learn from our pasts, as we stride ever forward into our futures. But for many parts of our lives, hindsight is not a comfort. It can be a source of regret. That is what it was for me and my births.

The traumatic births that I suffered through, in part, was down to a lack of confidence and comprehension of my own body and its capabilities. It was falling into the trap of allowing someone else to take the wheel, and drive me down the avenues I could feel in my gut were not the routes I would have taken.

And this is why I teach antenatal education.

I want others to be able to look back on their births without regret. To know that they did the best for themselves and their families in the moment. To have all the information, so they can make a truly informed decision around their birth. To understand that things might not go to plan, but that doesn’t mean you have to surrender control.

Its about learning what you as a person are capable of. It’s about giving you the tools to cope with and manage the things that you may find overwhelming. It’s about having all the facts and choosing the path that’s right for you and your baby.

It’s your journey. Its your birth. You should be in the drivers seat.