As a doula, my favorite moment is definitely an “I did it!” moment following a mother overcoming the greatest obstacle in the birth of her baby, no matter how it looks on the outside. There is nothing like watching a woman come into her own, and find that she does, indeed, have what it takes to do what needs to be done to bring her baby earthside.
Powerful, wonderful post from Knoxville Doula. Go read the whole thing…
Grace & Peace,
Courage is not the absence of fear but the ability to move past the fear.
Grit. The definition of grit is: courage and resolve; strength of character. I like how this word sounds. I like how I relate it to a laboring woman. It reminds me of the moans and grunts, the sweat, the surrendering to the process of labor.
Birthing women have grit. I see it in every woman birthing their child, no matter how she has chosen to give birth or how the scenario plays out. The birthing woman who withdraws inside herself to a serene and calm space to breathe her baby out. The birthing woman who roars, sweats, cusses, grunts and does whatever necessary to push her baby out. The birthing woman who opts for some pain relief when she is at her limit. The birthing woman who puts her baby first when a medical…
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