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    Just wondering... At the last 2 appointments, my midwife has asked if I have been having birthing dreams. Until just a few days ago, the answer was No. But I wonder why she asks. What is the significance?
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    That is curious- my midwife certainly didn't care. BUt I think it's great that she'd care that much. I'd imagine birthing dreams are a great way to dig up fears/issues that may come up during the birth. Best to get those taken care of now.
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    If Jooniper is right, its totally an Ina May thing, she writes about it in her books, how things like dreams bring up issues that psychologically cause stress while in labor and once those things have been resolved or discussed complications unwind themselves and labor progresses really well! i've read a bunch of stories where moms were already 2 weeks overdue but seemed like they'd been in early labor for weeks and as soon as they reveal a fear and talk about it, they go into labor and pop out a baby with relativly little difficulty.
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    I hadn't heard of that, but what the other ladies say makes sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gypsy86 View Post
    If Jooniper is right, its totally an Ina May thing, she writes about it in her books, how things like dreams bring up issues that psychologically cause stress while in labor and once those things have been resolved or discussed complications unwind themselves and labor progresses really well! i've read a bunch of stories where moms were already 2 weeks overdue but seemed like they'd been in early labor for weeks and as soon as they reveal a fear and talk about it, they go into labor and pop out a baby with relativly little difficulty.
    This is true. With my last baby I had some fears that I wasn't working through, my midwife came over at 10pm for an appointment and we got to talking - she was so kind & really addressed some of the things i'd worried about. Sure enough a day n' a half later I delivered out little guy. For me it's not so much dreams, but the dreams can be very relevant as well.
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    That's probably what it is. I'm going to ask her about it at our next appointment.

    But I started to have some strange birthing dreams last week. You know, like pooping in my midwife's living room, then going to the toilet to deliver my baby, and baby turns into a kitten. lol Dreams like that.
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    My midwife always asked about them, too. I think to identify any fears. She also believes strongly in mama's intuition, so if you had a genuine sense that something was wrong we could look into it or work through it.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by loveemom View Post
    But I started to have some strange birthing dreams last week. You know, like pooping in my midwife's living room, then going to the toilet to deliver my baby, and baby turns into a kitten. lol Dreams like that.
    ITA with the others, sometimes dreams can identify issues that you think you're cool with but your brain really isn't, and as a result labor can get hung up in various ways.

    But I also wanted to comment on this dream. When I was pregnant with Tiven, we called her "Monkey" because she was due in The Year of The Monkey and we don't name our babies before they're born. So I dreamed I gave birth, a lovely beautiful birth, but the baby was a real monkey. In my dream, she was a really sweet little monkey, great nurser, bit of a PITA to diaper with that tail, but she was our baby & we dealt with it. We called the genetics department & asked what happened, because we'd had genetic testing. They said, well, we share about 98% of our genetic material with monkeys, and we check that the chromosomes are normal, not that they're human.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    ITA with the others, sometimes dreams can identify issues that you think you're cool with but your brain really isn't, and as a result labor can get hung up in various ways.

    But I also wanted to comment on this dream. When I was pregnant with Tiven, we called her "Monkey" because she was due in The Year of The Monkey and we don't name our babies before they're born. So I dreamed I gave birth, a lovely beautiful birth, but the baby was a real monkey. In my dream, she was a really sweet little monkey, great nurser, bit of a PITA to diaper with that tail, but she was our baby & we dealt with it. We called the genetics department & asked what happened, because we'd had genetic testing. They said, well, we share about 98% of our genetic material with monkeys, and we check that the chromosomes are normal, not that they're human.
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