Being pregnant and giving birth should be a joyous occasion. For one reason or another, it is not for some women. Both the pregnancy and the birth story can be traumatic. Sometimes we take this for granted. While some women are glowing and talking about how exciting their experience is, or was, others are cringing or locking up inside because they didn’t have the same experience, and they are afraid to speak up about it. Listen to this podcast episode to be inspired, encouraged, uplifted, and validated when it comes to your birth story. Be blessed!
- Unforeseen Events During Pregnancy
- Birth Story Trauma
- Tips and Advice for those Women Who Suffered in Silence
- How to Avoid Doing it Alone
- What do the experts Say
An Ordinary Start
When Jacob came back from Paddan Aram, God appeared to him again. God blessed Jacob 10 and said to him, “Your name is Jacob, but I will change that name. You will no longer be called Jacob. Your new name will be Israel. So God named him Israel.
11 God said to him, “I am God All-Powerful,[f] and I give you this blessing: Have many children and grow into a great nation. Other nations and other kings will come out of you. 12 I gave Abraham and Isaac some special land. Now I give the land to you and to all your people who will live after you.” 13 Then God left that place. 14-15 Jacob set up a memorial stone there. He made the rock holy by pouring wine and oil on it. This was a special place because God spoke to Jacob there, and Jacob named the place Bethel.
A Traumatic End-Rachel Dies Giving Birth
16 Jacob and his group left Bethel. Before they came to Ephrath, Rachel began giving birth to her baby. 17 She was having a lot of trouble with this birth. She was in great pain. When her nurse saw this, she said, “Don’t be afraid, Rachel. You are giving birth to another son.”
18 Rachel died while giving birth to the son. Before dying, she named the boy Benoni.[g]