Today I attended my first birth since the birth of my daughter, Adele. (She is 6 months old now) Guess what?! I still love what I do!
Do you ever step back and look at your life? Like remove yourself from your living room floor and look at this big picture? I do, and when I do it is only for a brief moment. I cannot do it very long becuase I will always be brought back to the hear and now. When I do look at this big life picture, everything makes sense. I have a path that I am on and it curves and flows. I look at my past. I see my future. For a few moments everything looks so simple, yet so complex. Like the roots of a tree. When I snap back to reality I just smile. I smile because it amazes me how every person in our life MEANS something to us. I just witnessed the birth of a baby girl by a woman who I attended childbirth classes with over 3 years ago. Who would have thought that this woman who I sat with week after week, would some day invite me to be apart of the most beautiful and sacred act on this earth?
When I look back at what brought me to pursue this path involving childbirth, I am taken back to my first pregnancy with my darling love, Eldon. Maybe it was before that? Maybe as a female I am hardwired to want to help a laboring sister? Just as I would have done 200 years ago, I would have been in a small village. A woman would be in labor. I would wrap my baby onto my back, and walk to my sister's birthplace. I would help her, just like the other women in our village would be doing. We would simply be women helping a laboring mother bring her child into this world. (okay Rachel, back to the here and now!) So this path, it started when I was pregnant with Eldon. I found a childbirth class that met my needs. It was so much more than a childbirth class though! I found 5 other women, who have each played a role in my life as a mother and woman. Some small, some big. It continues to unfold how these women are playing into my life. They are having more children, I had another child, the circle of life grows. In a way, we created our own village in this large city of people, and we have been sisters helping eachother along the way.
It is this mind set. This idea of a simple life. A simple yet complex act. A cycle of life. A desire to help my sisters that has lead me down this path. This path is more than a career, it is a passion, a lifestyle, a state of mind. It is beautiful, and this is why I LOVE what I am doing.
Rachel- A mother of 2, enjoying what this cycle of life is offering me.