I have this poem on the bulletin board on my kitchen, and I read it often before I became pregnant with her:
It is a terrifying thing to begin
To begin anything at all
The rewards are but rumors then
The glories but gossip.
To taste and to see, we must venture
Into the murky waters of inexperience.
And that is, indeed, a terrifying thing.
But 'tis more terrifying still...
To stand ashore and only wish
It could someday truly be true.
~ Tristam Gylberd
It is so, so true for me now. Women, be strong! Birth is a privilege that you only get so many chances to be part of. Take care of this experience, guard it from harm and interference. Take what is yours and loveit, don't fear it.