Cycling & Birthing – What’s the connection?

Posted by on Jul 12, 2010
in Blog, Pregnancy & Birth

I am in AWE of my Childbirth Educator buddies, Jay Duncan and Laura Warren, who have been training for the Seattle-Portland Classic Bike Ride for the last six months.  They have been keeping us up-to-date on their progress and telling about what they have learned personally through the experience of training together.  I asked Laura to write about it for our blog.  Here is what she had to say…


Jay and I will soon be leaving for the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Ride.  We’ve been training for since February.  204 miles in 2 days.  I still can’t believe that we’ve come this far.  Many times, I have wondered how it was that we stayed motivated enough to continue.  Well, I finally realized that our cycling is not that different from giving birth.  As a matter of fact, I have decided that since I was able to give birth, I should be able to accomplish any goal I set for myself.  (Mind you, it has been a long time since I gave birth!).

Every time I show birth videos in my classes, I wonder why I feel such empathy for those women.  Those of you who have attended the class might remember the mom in that birth pool who continues to say “I can do it” as she breathes and focuses on her doula.  Well, I realized that I too say that to myself everytime I encounter a hill while I ride (and trust me, there are plenty of those in Victoria).  I have been my own doula all along.  And when I don’t think I can anymore, I hear Jay telling me that I can do it.  And she also reminds me to breathe!

I know that once I start the ride, there will be no going back (just like a mother-to-be, once labour starts).  I know that I will have to pace myself if I expect to finish (a Mom too).  I know that I will have to stay hydrated and nourished so that I have the energy needed for the journey (yep, Mom too), and I also know that if needed, I can call for help (hmm, a taxi might be My chocolate cake).

Jay and I have tried to prepare ourselves as well as possible for this event.  That’s all we can really do.  Now we have to wait and see where our journey takes us.  I know we will make it to Portland, and what I hope for the most is that at the end of our ride, we look back and say: ‘We did it”!

We’ll keep you posted.  And as some of you go through labour on July 17 and 18, we will be thinking of you and the hard and rewarding work you are doing… along side us.

Happy Cycling & Happy Birthing!
Laura

P.S. In case you are wondering what the chocolate cake is all about, in my classes, I use “chocolate cakes” as an analogy of pain medications.

UPDATE: Click here for an update on Laura & Jay’s Ride!