|December 10, 2008|
Volume 10, Issue 26
|Midwifery Today E-News|
“Special Holiday Edition”
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Happy Holidays from Midwifery Today!
Dear Friend of Birth,
You are receiving this newsletter because you are interested in changing childbirth ways. Many of us have fought this fight and watched things get worse. This season brings us a new hope. Can we bring change? To quote the incoming US President, "Yes, we can."
Let's take these two new slogans, "Change we can believe in," and "Yes, we can," as our own in this tough new world. Midwives, doulas and other change agents have a huge role to play. There is new hope in the world and there is new hope in birth care.
Evidence is on our side; cost of service is on our side. We are caring childbirth providers; indeed, service is our calling. Let's renew our faith for bringing better birth to more mothers and babies. We can do it.
This season, where a birth is central and a new world may just be dawning, is our time to launch our new hope. All births are sacred and this is the time to go forward with energy and enthusiasm and carry out our calling, each as we have been called. In this effort, we can change the world. Imagine if each motherbaby gets the best possible start. That will really move mountains.
Toward Better Birth,
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The Path of a Midwife
I gave birth for the first time, well before the crack of dawn, on a chilly November morning in 1991. I birthed in the comfort and warmth of my own home, surrounded by people of my choosing, guided and supported by two loving midwives, also of my choosing. In the cold darkness of that November morning, not only was a beautiful baby boy born, so too was a mama, a papa and a midwife. It was a profound transition in my life.
I did not make this choice out of rebellion or fear of hospitals, but rather from my heart. I hadn't read any "your path to better birthing" books or "what to expect" books. I didn't want to. As a matter of fact, I just couldn't imagine birthing any other way. I felt that my baby wouldn't allow it.
Birth is a rite of passage for the whole family: For the partner, who has been there through the tender emotional outpourings, the queasy days, the first fluttering kicks, the frolics felt just beneath the ribs and, finally, the labor and birth - the grand event. For the baby, who is profoundly affected in ways that we are only beginning to recognize. Everyone is moved by this transition of life, from womb to room.
Pregnancy and birth are natural physiological processes that open and move through a woman's body, mind and spirit. Pregnancy and birth are parts of the deeply personal and intimate journey involving every aspect of a woman's being. This journey can be a time of great vulnerability and a time of great empowerment.
As a midwife, I have seen birth in all her unfettered force, unimpeded and oh, so safe. I have seen, while looking into many a woman's eyes, in the midst of her lucid struggle, the eternal, universal recognition of her own strength. I have witnessed many a woman shift from "I can't do this" to "I am doing this." I have witnessed brilliant-faced partners awed and transformed while infused and bathed in the glow of the mama's intense birthing energy. I have witnessed contractions, waves, primal rushes, uterine pulses and mamas moaning, singing, resisting, rocking and rolling right into birthing their babies. I have witnessed babies, wet and warm, born into the welcoming arms of the eagerly awaiting family. Through bearing witness and bearing babies, I believe that birth is safe.
For every woman birthing and believing in herself, a baby is born imprinted with the same self-confidence. Every baby born into an environment of safety and peace is a person imprinted with that same sense of peace. What better way to enter the world? I can imagine no other beauty or grace, aside from mothering, to which I can commit myself. I walk this path with all my heart, with every cell in my body, one baby, one mama, one family at a time.
— Brenda Frankenfeld is a homebirthing, homeschooling, homeloving mother of three lovely children, Cypress (15 years), Estrella (8 years) and Oliver (5 years), and partner with Mikey (42 years), four core inspirations on her midwifery path. She is a proud student of Ancient Art Midwifery Institute and currently offering her midwifery services to families in Northeast Kansas.
Reprinted from The Birthkit Issue 55
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