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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

We were born together

"My mother was me and I thought that on the day I was born, we were born together".

I came across this quote awhile ago, but apologize as I don't remember where I found it. I thought this was an interesting idea about how birth is really the birth of both the mother and the baby.

In this life, we do all sorts of changing and learning and growing. I feel like there is nothing, though, that compares with the change we go through as we delve into motherhood. Nothing so completely takes over your life, or so completely changes your ideas of what joy and sorrow are. As I remember my own births and the births of the women I take care of, I recognize this as a time of transformation. This is where we begin the process of discovering what motherhood really means to us.

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Birth is a Journey: Does it have to be life changing?

  • One woman might have to climb on an overfilled boat, risking her life and nearly dying as she escapes over the ocean to come to this land. This experience could certainly be life altering. It may very well color the rest of her life, positively or negatively. (I overcame this amazing struggle and here I am triumphant! OR Holy crap, that was SO hard I don’t know if I can go on! By the way, neither response is “right”. No one would judge the woman with the 2nd response.)
  • One woman may buy an airplane ticket, sit on a comfortable 747 and fly to America with a nice smooth flight and landing. She is happy to be in America. Those welcoming her are glad she is here safe and sound. She may only travel by plane 2-4 times in her life, so it is pretty memorable. But the journey itself probably wouldn’t be life changing; it would simply be a journey.
  • One woman may learn to fly an ultra-light plane to lead a flock of geese into America teaching them to migrate. This experience could certainly be empowering and life altering.