Dear TGOGL Blog Readers,
Hello! Hello! I get to be the first to introduce myself. My name is Robyn Allgood. I promised Felice I would try not to be too nerdy. Ha! Actually, Felice told me I could be as nerdy as I want. And I really am just a BIG NERD!
So how did I come upon this project? A little over a year ago I sat pregnant with my fifth baby. I was discussing with my sister and mother pregnancy and birth. I told them that birth had taught me a lot about the Atonement and the Savior. My sister said, “oh really, explain that to me.” I tried to put it into words but found myself unable to articulate what I meant.
Being the birth junkie that I am I was annoyed with myself for not having the ability to explain how personal the Savior became to me as I gave life to my little ones. So I grabbed a notebook and my scriptures and started writing. My first draft of “Birth in Remembrance of Him” was 5 pages but soon became many more. (Don’t worry we are editing it so that it is easier to digest.)
I admit to being afraid to share it and afraid to not share it. I had poured my heart out in those pages and I was nervous of having it criticized. At the same time I wanted other women to benefit from what I felt the Lord inspired me to write. I knew He gave me the words and that He meant for them to be shared. I saw the call for essays on this blog and decided to ignore my fears and send it in anyway. I’m glad I did. Felice invited me to join the group and write more.
As I have witnessed the “offering” that each woman (and her family) has made to bring about this project I am humbled. The women I have come to know via the internet are “wonderfully and fearfully made”(Psalms 139:14). I think you will laugh, cry, and change as you read from the pages of this book. I know I have.
What else should you know about me?
If someone would have told me I would be a birth junkie someday I would have laughed. I had some serious fears about birth (and anything involving blood for that matter). My first baby was born by cesarean which taught me a lot. I was scared to death to have another baby after that but I knew I was supposed to have more children so I started to devour birth books.
I was convinced I needed to take a comprehensive childbirth class when I was pregnant with baby #2. Options were limited in my community so we traveled 5 hours round trip each weekend to attend Bradley® classes. I know it sounds crazy but the Spirit urged me there and luckily my husband was supportive. We were blessed with an unplanned unassisted birth (90 min labor). That birth changed our family forever. I have since had 3 more beautiful VBAC births.
I have been teaching Husband-Coached Childbirth® classes and attending births as a doula for the last 7 years. Last year I helped start the first ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network) chapter in Idaho and now we have a 3rd chapter in the works! I am also a part of a group called DOVE-Idaho (Doulas of the Valleys of Easter Idaho). We provide free monthly childbirth classes to the community along with other support and information.
Being a part of this project has enabled me to combine my passion for birth with the things in life I treasure most: my love of the Gospel, my testimony of the Savior, and my family. One of my favorite scriptures reads,
“for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” -Matt. 6:21
Part of my “treasure” is waiting for me in heaven. His name is Kyle (my first VBAC). He passed away when he was only 2 years old. Missing his physical presence motivates me to do whatever I can to have an eternal family. The Gift of Giving Life is about treasuring life. What greater treasure is there than to take part in such a divine gift? My hope is that you will be inspired as this book takes life.