I have always been BOLD about birth even from the age of 10 years old as I would always share with others my mother’s home birth experience with my baby sister. I was taught and knew that bringing forth life into this world was meant to be a joyous experience as designed by a loving Father God.
But as I grew older, I realized that not every woman had the same view of childbirth as I did.
MANY women are terrified to give birth due to all the negative horror stories shared by their mothers, grandmothers, aunts and other females in their lives… or because of the horrible images of birth portrayed in movies and television.
When I was first married, I came across the most WONDERFUL book called Supernatural Childbirth by Jackie Mize that completely solidified WHY I believed what I believed about birth… that it could be beautiful and joyous and not torturous and horrific. I LOVE that book and all of its scriptural basis in the Word of God regarding God’s promises concerning conception and delivery. I have given out DOZENS of the books in the past 17 years.
Then, when we conceived our first baby I discovered my second favorite book regarding childbirth… Husband-Coached Childbirth: The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth by Robert A. Bradley. It was actually the same book my mother had used when she was pregnant with my sister Hannah. I LOVED learning all about how my body was designed to give birth and how to work WITH my body and not against it during childbirth. Darren and I attended Bradley Method classes and loved gaining so much knowledge about birth and even what to do and how to handle all sorts of different scenarios. I found that the more knowledge and training I had, the less room I had for fear.
These two tools truly helped us have such PHENOMENAL and even SUPERNATURAL birth experiences with our first three children! The first two girls were born in hospitals, naturally with no meds. Then, came our first son who was born in a birthing tub at a birthing center with a midwife… and, yes, my husband got to deliver him… AMAZING!!!!!! All three of these birthing experiences were different and filled with so much joy. They were a LOT of hard work… well, not as much with our baby boy as he was born about 30 minutes after arriving at the birthing center… but I really didn’t feel much pain with any of the babies… HARD, INTENSE work, but not really painful. Glory to God!
By the time we conceived our fourth baby… another boy… we were already using our Young Living essential oils for natural first aid, illness prevention and to treat family health issues such as ear infections, strep, coughs, colds, flu, etc. I was ECSTATIC to get to have an oily pregnancy, labor and deliver AND an oil baby AND to compare the fourth pregnancy and birth with the first three. Well, let me just tell you that it was THE MOST FABULOUS pregnancy, labor and delivery! I was using the Young Living essential oils quite extensively to help with stretch marks, ease itchy skin, to help reduce morning sickness (and all-day morning sickness), to naturally and quickly fight a cold, for de-stressing and for relaxing during labor, for advancing labor once it had begun, to help focus during transition, for post-delivery care, to clean the air in the delivery room and to clean the birthing tub with NO toxins, and to anoint my brand new baby boy head-to-toe with Frankincense and Myrrh essential oils and dedicate him to the Lord… among so many other uses! The oils helped me bond with my son and experience the full extent of the joy of child birthing. And, of course, after our baby was born, we were able to safely use the Young Living essential oils for so many things that newborns deal with such as helping the umbilical stump dry up and fall off in a record 2 and a half days, for clogged tear ducts, cradle cap, and to help calm and soothe when fussy. And did I say bonding? I loved breathing in the Young Living essential oil blend called Gentle Baby as I wore it on my neck while nursing my newborn.
I LOVE helping other women discover these wonderful gifts from God – His medicines – essential oils. And I LOVE that the Young Living essential oils are so safe and versatile for pregnant and nursing mothers and their children.
And, now, there is a WONDERFUL book about using the Young Living essential oils for moms and babies. It is called Gentle Babies: Natural Remedies and Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Childbirth, Infants and Young Children by Debra Raybern, ND, MH, CNC, ICA. Debra is my essential oil and nutrition mentor and is also a featured speaker for the Association of Texas Midwives. Her book has sold thousands of copies around the world over the past nearly 6 years and is yet another great resource and tool for all mothers and their families. There are a lot of testimonials in the book (including several of my own) PLUS it contains an A-Z Symptoms Guide as well as recommendations for a complete birth kit with, specifically, Young Living essential oils.
So now, I have the perfect set of tools to share with women to empower them to overcome their fears and embrace this beautiful experience of BIRTH that God has gifted us with in bringing forth life into this world.
#1 – Prepare Spiritually - Supernatural Childbirth
#2 – Prepare Physically and Mentally - Husband-Coached Childbirth: The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth
#3 – Prepare Spiritually, Physically and Mentally – Young Living Essential Oils and the book Gentle Babies: Natural Remedies and Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Childbirth, Infants and Young Children
Oh wait! … well, there IS a fourth tool now, and that is the textbook/curriculum/resource book I co-authored Nutrition 101: Choose Life! by Debra Raybern, Sera Johnson (me), Laura Hopkins and Karen Hopkins that combines nutrition and anatomy to teach all the body systems, how God designed them to function and what foods help those systems and what foods hurt those body systems. The PERFECT tool to help moms and families learn how to support health through whole food nutrition.
So there you have it!
Be Bold about Birth!!!
- Sera Johnson, Young Living Diamond Member, author, researcher and health educator
If you would like to learn more about Young Living essential oils or would like to host an educational event in your area, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And for those who found out about me and my Website from the “BIRTH” event in Houston March 8-9, 2014 and choose to get your own Young Living essential oils through me and my Young Living Website here or by emailing me and letting me help you get your oils, you will get a FREE Gentle Babies book.
OBLIGATORY DISCLAIMER: The oils listed in the testimony above were ONLY Young Living essential oils. Do not expect the same results with any other essential oils. These statements were not evaluated by the FDA and were not intended to diagnose, prescribe or treat. Please seek the advice of your chosen health practitioner.