As much as we plan for any day, any event, there will always be unknowns. There will often be something we don't see coming. But that doesn't mean that we won't be prepared to take it on.
This is a snippet of a client-turned-friend's birth day story. Thank you for giving us a small glimpse into your experience, and for sharing your words of hope that translates through any circumstance.
"In the quiet space between one great pain and the next, there is hope of what will come.
In the early morning hours of May 19th, our baby came into this world in the most calm and gentle environment. As I neared the end of labor, my "dream team" gathered.
First was obviously my husband Tanner who never left my side through every single contraction. Second, my doula Jeanna, a stranger just months ago, now offering the advice, support, and encouragement of a close friend. Then, my two nurses, Amber and Lana, who gave me the space they knew I needed, while also prioritizing the safety of our baby and myself. Finally, my midwife Shelia who cheered me on, joked with me, and ultimately trusted me.
It was evident by my behavior and contraction patterns that I quickly transitioned to the second stage of labor shortly after getting settled in the birthing room. No one had to do an exam or any other interventions to confirm this. No one told me to push, mentioned the use of pitocin, offered an epidural, or gave time limits on my progress. There was no fear, only whispers of how strong and capable I was.
When Forrest finally arrived at 4:02am, their cheers went up through the room. The space that had held pain and struggling for several hours was now filled with joy. They gathered around me, praised Jesus with me, and championed me. I had just birthed a 9+ lb baby with no interventions!
It was one of the most sacred, spiritual, beautiful moments of my life. Yes, because we welcomed our sweet Forrest into the world, but also because I was reminded of how powerful and persistent we can be in times of pain simply because of those who surround us and become our pillars of strength.
Photos by By Design Birth Doula Services
I couldn't have done this without her!"
- Holly Perman