Marked the 6th home birth I was privileged to have witness, while assisting Selena with Grace and watching this powerful mama give birth to her second child and first daughter.
This birth was interesting in that mama had her mother come for the birth to help with their son and keep him occupied as mama birthed. There was a feeling of being crowded and mama didn’t feel comfortable and after about a week, her mother decided to leave before baby was born. As soon as her mother was on the plane, her contractions started and we all knew baby would be born that night. Sure enough 5 hours later, their baby girl was born into the world, as mama stood half squatting at the end of the bed as she did with their first born.
Today we visited her at home and both mom and baby are doing great and felt really good about the birth, saying it was much better than even their first home birth with their son.
To top of the day, a Sex Ed class asked Selena, Grace and I to speak again at UH. Among the class, there were two young women who were asking the most questions. After the class finished, one was asked to walk us back to the car to retrieve the parking pass. She shared with Grace and I, that she and her husband were thinking about having a baby but she was so terrified of the pain of labor. She also asked about whether her birth of being born by cesarean was actually necessary as her mother was told that she was stuck.
We got to share with her that we couldn’t say for sure but that her mother was probably not allowed to move around, which would’ve helped her to come out.
We also let her know that we thought it was great timing that she got to hear us speak and now has Selena’s information to work through her fear of pain during birth, before she gets pregnant.
Got 2 people to watch the Business of Being Born today, 5 years since the film changed my life forever
…all in all, this summer solstice brought about affirmation that the shift I have been hoping to see and be a part of with this blog is coming to pass.
Here’s to all of you on this journey to see peace on earth, one birth at a time. ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤