February 24, 2021

Community Birth Story: Accepting A Change of Plans with Caroline Williams

Sharing community birth stories offers an intimate connection between one parent and another. Sharing birth stories can be a form of childbirth education, as it helps to remove fear of the unknown and bring confidence, power and courage to those awaiting the transition from pregnancy to parenthood. 

In this episode of Yoga| Birth |Babies, we hear the birth story of community member, yoga teacher, and founder of The Abbey, Caroline Williams. Caroline shares the challenges of early pregnancy, the life changing events she experienced while pregnant, and why she needed to adapt her birth plans during labor. Caroline beautifully explains the flexibility and resilience needed not just for birth but for the role as a parent. 

In this episode you will learn: 

  • A bit about Caroline. 
  • As a prenatal yoga teacher, how Caroline’s perception of pregnancy, birth and motherhood differed as a prenatal yoga teacher from her first hand experience of it.
  • Caroline’s pregnancy. 
  • How Caroline prepared for birth and gathered her birth team.
  • The role fear and anxiety played in Caroline’s transition to motherhood.
  • How Caroline came to peace with the transition into pregnancy and motherhood. 
  • 10 days past her due date! How that felt! 
  • Caroline’s birth story. 
  • Deciding the right time to transition to the hospital.
  • How things unfolded once she got to the hospital.
  • Handling a long pushing stage and what kept Caroline going.
  • Motherhood 
  • A tip/piece of advice Caroline has for new and expectant parents.
  • Where to find Caroline’s work!