Dawson's Birth Story

It was a Tuesday. I was 40 weeks and 6 days pregnant. For weeks leading up to my due date I had obsessed over every little sign or symptom that labor might be imminent. My google history was a long list of questions like, “Does diarrhea mean labor is coming?”, “How do you know if your baby has dropped?”, “Will having sex really make you go into labor?”, and so on. I can remember standing in my baby’s nursery that morning and crying; so certain that labor would not start naturally on its own and I would be forced to try “birth cocktails” made of herbs and castor oil, or worse, be forced into an induction at 41+5. I had dreamed of a calm, natural birth; undisturbed by unnecessary medical int

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