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Sunday, October 11, 2009

You're Never Alone

I felt like this video has a lot of meaning for going
through different trials in our lives. I felt like it
could also be applied to how we view our births.
Obviously, for those who are religious, it has a
different meaning. I also believe, though, that it holds
meaning beyond that. When we are faced with
trials, it helps so much to feel like we are supported,
that someone is there for us, and that we have
some idea of the blessings that we will receive at
the end of our labor. I find it interesting, also, that
when I speak with women about their labors, support
is one of the things they found most helpful. That is
was either the percieved lack of support, or the
support they recieved, that made a difference in
how they felt during their labor. I think at times, that
is what makes the difference in many aspects in
our lives.

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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.