"When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a manner that when you die the world cries and you rejoice."
I start to focus inwardly at about this time during pregnancy. Externals fade into the background and what's going on inside seems a lot more real than what's going on outside of me. (You know, homes being bought and sold, landlords trying to screw us, 3,000 square feet of packing, trading in mountain canyons for tidy square lawns....)
"There is no other organ quite like the uterus. If men had such an organ they would brag about it. So should we."
~Ina May Gaskin
My stress tolerance is quite low. Usually I would be a mess, a total mess, with all the logistical and financial stress we're going through right now. But instead, I have this perfect, peaceful retreat right under my heart, where I can escape every day. It seems easier with every pregnancy to feel the baby's... soul? spirit? personality? in utero. And the last couple of months of pregnancy I feel like I really live in 2 worlds. The regular day to day world, and the secret, dark world inside, where only myself and my baby exist.
(Doesn't she look big and healthy? 9 lb 6 oz!)
"Babies are bits of star-dust blown from the hand of God. Lucky the woman who knows the pangs of birth for she has held a star."
My last birth was nearly perfect. And, honestly, it was painless. However, I attribute that equally to mental prepredness, perfect baby positioning, and really, really, REALLY high pain tolerance. (I can't handle a lot of stress, but I can handle pain. That's the lasting benefit of surviving a major car crash and extensive bone surgery, I guess.)
"There's time enough, but none to spare."
~Charles W. Chesnutt
Attended homebirth is illegal in Nebraska. This means we have to choose between an unattended birth in a hostile environment (i.e. in case of transfer/ emergency/ complication), with a lot of difficulty surrounding aquisition of a birth certificate, blood typing for Rh factor, and so on, and giving birth in a clinical setting.
(My what big hands you have!)
"Women's bodies have near-perfect knowledge of childbirth; it's when their brains get involved that things can go wrong."
I realize that to families who have never experienced homebirth, it can be quite mystifying why it is SO important to some of us. But all I can say is, once you have experienced a homebirth...
things will never be the same.
~Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Birthing at home is safe. Statistically, babies fare the same and mothers fare better, both physically and psychologically, compared to hospital births. (WHO statistics.)
"Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers... strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength."
~Barbara Katz Rothman
(In fact, her assistant midwife was a homebirth midwife for 20 years before she was threatened out of business.) In other words, they get it.
"$13 to $20 billion a year could be saved in health care costs by demedicalizing childbirth, developing midwifery, and encouraging breastfeeding."
~Frank A. Oski
(My recurrent dream is waking up in the middle of the night, realizing I'm in labor, and before I can even get out of bed, FER (fetal ejection reflex) takes over and baby just slides out. And no kidding, John Paul was almost like that!)
(First nap, 12 hours old. Isaiah stayed up till 2 am to watch Rosie's birth.)
"I brought children into this dark world because it needed the light that only a child can bring."
Anyway, between packing and laying around with my babies, all 4 of them, blogging isn't really at the top of my to-do list these days!
(A little bit of heaven.)
"Children make you want to start life over."
I've got ice cream, vaccines, birth preparation, unplugged travel, and a number of other ideas on my blogging docket, and we'll see how many of them materialize here over the next few weeks and we head from the mountains of northern New Mexico, to the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona, through our home on the Kansas range, and on to our new home in Nebraska.
Our Lady of the Way, pray for us.
"There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval."
~George Santayana, "War Shrines," Soliloquies in England and Later Soliloquies, 1922