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what's at the root of your love of birth?

post #1 of 32
Thread Starter 
i am terrifically interested in what draws people to the field of birth. i'd love to hear from you....even if it one simple line.

what's at the root of your love of birth?
post #2 of 32
I've always had an intense interest in pregnancy, birth and midwives. I've felt my calling for many years. I guess for me it's two fold: I have a very strong need and desire internally to do birth work. I couldn't really tell you why, just that's it's my calling. I have to do it. The other reason is to help women have the best experience and mothering start that they can. Pregnancy, birth and motherhood are such hugely transformative things. I believe that women and men need compassionate care, support and empowerment during that time. I think it's abominable the way the majority of birthing women are treated in the country. I want to do my part to make it better. I want to change the world one birth at a time.
post #3 of 32
I heard great birth stories growing up and assumed that was how things were...then I had friends who experienced birth trauma and started thinking seriously about what made the difference. I became a doula just wanting to be able to provide the support I felt moms should have. I think birth trauma impacts families in such a serious and long term way, it really can't be measured.
post #4 of 32
cfiddlinmama
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I've been amazed by pregnancy and birth all my life. I remember beuing 5 and drawing pictures of mommy and baby. I remember watching a baby story when I was 12 and thinking "how that's amazing but there has to be a better way." I've just always been drawn to birth.
post #5 of 32
Mine isn't really a love of birth, its just a love of the womans body. I think that women have an amazing strength, and its just an amazing natural wonder to me. But i think that alto of women are unaware of their natural ability, and i think that at time the medical field can mislead and leave women uneducated about their bodies, and i would LOVE to help women become more comfortable and in tune with the way their bodies work. That goes for getting pregnant, how not to get pregnant, BC and how it works, Stds, Vaginal infection, Sex, and pregnancy. I think most women have no idea how their bodies work, and are misled by the media, and the medical field. I think that women should be given all possible information to make educated decisions about their bodies, and the risks and effect of things....
post #6 of 32
Many things. Empowerment and Advocacy through information and truth are at the top. Followed by a general love and intrest in the process and miricle of making life and birth.

For me, it was the empowerment I recieved from a very thorough childbirth education class, that opened my eyes, made me aware of my options, who the system works and why it could be a problem for me, and it gave me the courage to make a big desicion, like switching from my OB to a birth center at 36 weeks pregnant! It was something that changed my life and fabric of who I am. I felt I had no other choice but to try and help other women, even if one at a time, haev the information they needed to make choices for thier body and their birth with out biased information, and not to make choices based on fear.
post #7 of 32
A woman. A baby. Innocence. Strength. Power. God.
post #8 of 32
I always knew I was called to be in medicine. I chose nursing because it seemed overall more family-friendly, and thought I would be an L&D nurse. My school had just introduced a nurse-midwife program and I really liked the philosophy and the closer relationship with patients.
post #9 of 32
As a PP said: I want to change the world- one birth at a time.

I truely feel that the way we are born has a life long effect. I feel very drawn to helping to keep that experience as beautiful and peaceful as I can. I feel drawn to protecting that space, that privacy, and the complete feeling of holyness I feel at births. I feel such a conection to G-d, and in that way my passion for birth is a bit selfish. I also have a huge respect for mothers, and for the natural way of living, and midwifery (or any birthwork) really fits for me. I also seem to really have a knack for it, and that certainly has helped to reassert that this really is meant for me. The way the pieces have all fallen in place, how smooth this has happened has made me feel that G-d has his hand in this.

I found birthwork slowly, and ultimatly I came to start working with birthing mothers after I had my third miscarriage. I have found much healing and personal growth from birthwork.
post #10 of 32
Helping moms in their most vulnerable and triumphant times of their lives. Birth is a powerful thing, emotionally and physically. I think the most rewarding thing is when a mom and dad meet their baby for the first time...the look on their faces, their fingers just touching his cheek, the mom's emphatic, "I DID IT!" Just being there to see the newest baby on the planet open his eyes....





I saw a video made by a midwife today and would love to share it with you all. It really sums up what I'm trying to say here....

http://www.onetruemedia.com/shared?p...m_medium=email


post #11 of 32
Women.

Women's health, women's issues, women's empowerment, women's rights.

Social justice.

And, that *feeling.* The "birth power" feeling--that laughing/crying, euphoric, climbed-the-mountain, glowing, rapture...feeling. The transformative, empowering, triumphant, powerful, I DID IT, feeling.

I want all women to have the chance to experience that.

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I wrote this as it came to me--my intuitive, gut-level, response to your question without a lot of thought and pondering. As I look at my list above and invert it, it becomes my "tree" of birthwork--with women as the root and then spreading up to blossom with that birth-power-feeling.

Molly
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Talk Birth
post #12 of 32
[QUOTE=mollycce;12637905]Women.

Women's health, women's issues, women's empowerment, women's rights.

Social justice.
[QUOTE]

Beautiful! want to change my answer to that!
post #13 of 32
I just love talking and thinking about Birth & Breastfeeing.
I really like pregnant women, and helping during a transition in their life.
post #14 of 32
I think it's just a calling. I can't explain it in words.

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cfiddlinmama
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I've been amazed by pregnancy and birth all my life. I remember beuing 5 and drawing pictures of mommy and baby. I remember watching a baby story when I was 12 and thinking "how that's amazing but there has to be a better way." I've just always been drawn to birth.
Same here. I remember “giving birth” to pillows my whole child hood. I just love pregnant women and babies.

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Originally Posted by mollycce View Post
And, that *feeling.* The "birth power" feeling--that laughing/crying, euphoric, climbed-the-mountain, glowing, rapture...feeling. The transformative, empowering, triumphant, powerful, I DID IT, feeling.

I want all women to have the chance to experience that.
And this too. I want to help women as they experience the life altering events of pregnancy and birth.

Plus….how cool is it to be around happy pregnant women and babies the rest of my life. It gives me warm fuzzies :
post #15 of 32
A life long fascination with reproduction
post #16 of 32
"With Woman"

I love women, women's bodies, women's issues, changes in their lives, their babies. I love nurturing them, helping them eat well. I believe that women are strong but usually misinformed or with lack of resources. I am amazed at how women are designed to carry, birth, and breastfeed babies.
post #17 of 32
That when women feel the power of birth and the magnificent way their bodies grow, birth and feed babies then, they will know that WOMEN CAN DO ANYTHING!

Sharon
post #18 of 32
Thread Starter 

thanks!

thanks everyone for sharing your thoughts. it was wonderful reading them all.
post #19 of 32
Watching my nephew being born changed my life. I know that sounds silly cause I was just there video taping but, it changed our whole family. My Mom, Aunt, Grandmother, our baby sister and I were all in the room. My fiance (now DH), grandfather and my Dad were all in the hallway.

After I saw how the midwife treated my sister, I wanted to learn more. It wasn't until I started researching natural family living and getting pregnant that I learned about the whole homebirth movement. I didn't even know people gave birth unassisted by choice!

My whole world and my passion were discovered. I will be starting AAMI here soon.
post #20 of 32
When I was pregnant, I felt this intense connection to God as Creator. I felt like I was playing a vital role in the creation process.
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