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Have you ever told someone about a decision you made and the response you received was, shall we say, less than supportive? Perhaps you heard, “Well, if you ask my opinion…” or “That’s not how I would have done it.” Maybe you even got an incredulous look, jaw drop, or eye rolls.
That is bad enough with minor issues or decisions, but when it comes to something like your pregnancy, delivery, or parenting, it can cut you to your core! For the most part, an expectant couple is going to have very strong feelings about the choices they make regarding their child. They may research, take cues from their healthcare provider, or even just follow their intuition. However they came to their decision, they certainly don’t want others to judge or belittle them.
My husband and I met in college, began dating within a month of meeting, became engaged eight months later, and married eight months after that. Three months after our wedding, my husband left for Basic Training on the other side of the country. When all of his training was finished, we hoped to begin our life together. The Army, on the other hand, had different ideas. He was sent to Korea! I can tell you, this was a lot of time to be separated from one another--20 months in all!
Eventually, his overseas assignment wrapped up, and we moved to North Carolina. This was a very exciting time in our lives, and we relished in the fact that we could finally spend time together. Even though we still felt like newlyweds, we had been married for almost two years, and we decided to try to have a baby right away.
From a young age it is drilled into our heads: if you have sex, you will get pregnant. Because of this mantra, my husband and I expected to become pregnant very quickly--maybe even that first month! However, that was definitely not our experience. We tried for over 18 months. After multiple trips to the doctor, and two cycles using the drug Clomid, we conceived our daughter!
What excitement! What joy! The only cloud in our rainbow of happiness was the fact that my husband was due to deploy to Iraq three weeks after we discovered our pregnancy.
Kimberly Lawton CD(DONA)
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