Friday, September 20, 2013
a homebirth with young children
The experience was breathtaking. Birth is so beautiful, so raw... so grounding yet uplifting.
You can read Juniper's birth story here. Every day that goes by I am more appreciative of those fleeting moments. I feel more connected with this baby than I have with my other two. The lack of interference and complication gave me so much space to just be with her.
But another miracle was taking place on the sidelines month by month, day by day and in those wild and wonderful moments of birth. Our children were given a perspective on birth that is so very rare in our world nowadays.
Indigo and North were present for every appointment at home with the midwife. They heard the baby's heart beating, they witnessed their mother's slow emotional preparation for birth and her physical transformation over nine months. And when it was time for the baby to come although they knew that it was very serious and hard work they also witnessed that birth is not to be feared or to be shrunk away from.
They watched their father bring their very healthy, rosy sister into this world.
What a gift.
Although Indigo was very young I know that this experience will be carried by her unconsciously through to womanhood. I know North will carry with him a real trust in a woman's innate ability to birth and a healthy respect for the magical strength of the female body.
Greatest thanks to our midwife, Jo, who guided us all every step of the way. This was one of those very rare moments in life when I truly felt myself, a moment when my Ego met my Soul, an angelic and divine few hours where everything fell into place.