Thursday, January 21, 2010

um, so much for that idea☺

Considering that we are only part way through January, I think it is safe to assume that my goal of 365 pic's for 2010 is...well....not as much of a priority as I thought.

Don't get me wrong, photography is something I LOVE and look forward to doing more as I learn more about this new camera BUT.....well, busy-ness abounds in ways that fill me so...inspired and all that great stuff. I'm bursting at the seams with creative love...unfortunately not with camera in hand.

Last week I was sooo blessed to attend the birth of a very dear friend of mine. It was a stunningly beautiful experience. Transformational. Propelling. I realized how ready I am to be doing this. How destined I am to be doing this.

I have been studying, working towards my goal of spiritual midwife for well over a decade, and this was the first opportunity I have had where I was able to attend a birth other then my own! Our children are all of an age where I feel comfortable leaving them for the night. Noah, while he still nurses, can easily go a day without it. Everything lined up so perfectly. Even the 2 attending midwives, one a dear friend from high school, the other her partner. Working with them was amazing!

When they asked if I would be doing more Doula work I replied that no, at this time my life is so full with tending to my family and my Dad I just don't have the time.

Then I went home. I basked in the glow of that birth experience. I spent time with my dear friend and her family before they returned home. (they traveled 4 hours to have a home birth with midwives) I spent so much time thinking and through all of that I realized that I am more ready for this then I thought! Birth and motherhood are my deepest callings and fulfilling that feeds a part of me the way that nothing else can.

And so I embark on this journey. The Spiritual Doula embracing this connection.

Another friend asked me, only days later, if I could attend her birth as well. Her due time is early/mid February. She is a strong, beautiful women and I look forward to supporting her and her partner in what ever way they need.

The image tattooed on my back comes from the book Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin. That book was a catalyst for me....propelling me down a path that has been more stunning then I ever would have imagined.

Such wonderful moments make Gestating Elephant Style a whole lot easier!


L.T. Elliot said...

How wonderful to know your calling and the peace it brings you. I'm very, very happy for you!

Evelyn said...

What a gift. I wish I could have had a doula along with me as we met our boys. Beautiful tatoo, by the way!

Kimberly said...

How sweet to be able to fill that big heart of yours with momentous moments like that while you wait to fill it with your own sweet little ones. I'm so glad for you, that you're discovering what matters to you most. I think that's a big part of what we're on this earth to figure out.

Aspen's momma said...

We are so blessed to have had you attend our birth. It was the most profoundly healing and deeply moving experience of my life. I will forever remember the strength I found in your hands, every time I reached for them, or they reached for me. The faith that all was unfolding as it should resonated in your voice and my soul. Everything was so beautiful and we are so grateful.

I cant wait to meet your elephant babies! They are so blessed to have you waiting for them...

ChristyG said...

"Spiritual Midwifery" was an absolutely transformative book for me, as well. Ina May Gaskin is my hero. I read that book every day in the months leading up to having my son, for which I had planned a home water birth (and ended up having induced labour and ultimately a C-section, but that's another story!).