Oops, but wow
I am bouncing off the walls. I probably float on air after every birth at which I serve as a doula. It’s just so empowering to see women bring new lives into the world. But this time I’m absolutely wired. I caught my first baby!
I hope to get a chance to write up the entire story and post it here soon. But the short version is that labor went super-duper fast and we didn’t make it to the hospital. Doulas are not midwives. Their job is to support mamas. But I’m also in training to become a midwife, so when I realized the baby was crowning I was able to spring into action. And let me tell you, there is nothing like squirmy, gooey, fresh baby in your hands. Now I want to be a midwife more than ever.
“Childbirth is more admirable than conquest, more amazing than self-defense, and as courageous as either one.” –Gloria Steinem