Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity. ~ Hippocrates
Six months along and still no plan. No doctor. No hospital. No clue. Only one thing is sure. There will be no return visit to the local labor and delivery…
Not at the risk of reliving the same nightmare as the last time when I was abandoned by the night staff in maternity and cannot imagine anything short of crucifixion being more traumatic. I might as well have been in a torture chamber.
Reason enough to make a new plan Stan. But where to go? Who will help deliver my baby?
In the midst of difficulty lies opportunity. ~ Albert Einstein
When I arrive at her home in Raleigh a Native American woman answers the door. Her countenance is angel radiant and her smile warm and reassuring. She introduces herself as Julia, my midwife’s mentor, and invites me inside.
I sit in the living room amid a group of other expectant moms. A lady beside me on the love seat turns my way and says, “You’ve had a difficult labor in the past and that’s why you’re here.
“Just to set your mind at ease, you’re in the right place. This birth experience will be drastically different from the last.” She doesn’t tag her words with “trust me” but somehow I do. After all, the woman doesn’t know me and has no prior knowledge of my past.
She also predicts that this time around will be a healing experience. Her words are the clear sign I’ve been seeking. This space holds an ambience of grace and peace. I am in the right place.
Quick! Get the Boiling Water!
In black and white picture shows, when women all had homebirths, you’d hear some frantic voice, “Quick! Get the boiling water!” I’d always wondered what the boiling water was for…
Have you? To find out, go to Natural Life Magazine and read “The Gentle Art of Birthing at Home,” which tells the full story of my homebirth and healing miracle. And if you like the piece I’d appreciate a tweet.
Sixteen years ago she was born on August 10th. Say Happy Birthday to Abi.
When have you experienced a healing moment in your life?