As we put bandaids over our blistered feet from walking the halls of Congress last week, it was with the knowledge that everything we do makes a real difference that kept us going. Reading and sharing stories of true triumph and blessings as families across the country birth their babies into the waiting hands of Certified Professional Midwives reminds us that we truly make a difference in the lives of babies. Please enjoy this beautiful birth story and consider sharing your own!
Birch’s Birth – from a mother’s perspective
On Saturday, Feb 7th I awoke with a feeling of anticipation. It was the baby’s due date, although I didn’t think that he or she would actually come on this day. In fact, I was prepared for another 10 days of waiting. Still the anticipation was there. It is hard not to be hopeful when it feels like a basketball weighing 30 pounds is in your belly! And the fatigue!
Richard and I felt prepared both emotionally and physically for labor and for the early days of parenthood. We had gone to a birth class for six weeks which was based on the book “Birthing from Within” by Pam England. Our friends and community here in Vermont had blessed us in two different Blessingway ceremonies and many of them signed up to bring us food for the first two weeks after our baby’s birth. The cloth diapers were ready to be put to use. Our Certified Professional Midwife, Mary Lawlor, and doula, Natalie, were ready to come to our house at a moments notice. Although I experienced moments of anxiety about the pains of labor, I was able to get through those moments by reminding myself that my body was designed to give birth and that many women had gone before me. Most of the time I felt confident about labor because I knew that giving birth had the potential to be a very empowering experience. I was especially excited about giving birth in my own home.