I have a feeling that trust and parenthood go hand and hand. Also - surrender, obedience, and just being on your knees. Even in early pregnancy, when I was experiencing complications and was put on rest for the first 14 weeks, I often found myself on my knees... knowing that this was God's child not mine, and only he could sustain this life. And God gave me peace then, and he continues to give me peace when I need it. I am overwhelmed by the fact that there is NO way I can parent this child apart from Him. And this goes for giving birth, and everything that follows.
Anyway... I've just found myself thankful today that I am no longer overwhelmed with fear, but rather excitement and hope. I just feel free today, and I love it.
And... relating to giving birth, I just wanted to share this quote by Ina May Gaskin - who wrote "Ina May's Guide to Childbirth" (which I think every mama-to-be should read - emphasis is mine).
"Remember this, for it is as true and true gets: Your body is not a lemon. You are not a machine. The Creator is not a careless mechanic. Human female bodies have the same potential to give birth well as aardvarks, lions, rhinoceri, elephants, moose, and water buffalo. Even if it has not been your habit throughout your life so far, I recommend that you learn to think positively about your body."