In my latest installment, I would like to do something a little different and tell everyone a story while providing a bit of insight as well. It’s been a little while since I was able to write a new blog, the reason being that my wife and I just had our first child.
We opted for a home birth for many reasons, not the least being our distrust of the medical industry. We knew that birth is a natural human function and rarely requires medical intervention. We as a society have certainly have been brainwashed to believe the opposite of this, however. We are told that birth is very risky, difficult, and downright dangerous. I can’t tell you how many times I was asked “what are you going to do if something goes wrong?” as if it was a given that something would go wrong. We trusted in the power of the universe that everything would go fine and it did. The most rewarding and powerful part of the experience was that our daughter was brought into this world in peaceful and comfortable conditions. A peace that I am confident will remain a part of her for life.
We contacted a midwife who had been helping mothers birth at home for over 30 years. She was very much in sync with us and our beliefs about birth as well as politics and life in general. She was well aware of the way in which birth is handled by the medical industry who treats it as a medical procedure rather than a natural process, choosing to intervene and do things their way rather than what’s comfortable to the mother, father and baby. Also refusing to let nature work rather than trying to control it. I could go on ad finitum about all of the problems that I have with the American medical industry, but I’ll save that for another time.
Needless to say, my wife and I were exstatic the day that her contractions began. The long wait to meet our baby would soon be over! The contractions began in earnest on the evening of June 2nd, consequently the night of the full Strawberry Moon. We called our midwife around 11pm and she was there within an hour. She got everything set up around the house to accommodate us. My wife’s contractions were coming in powerful waves and she was focusing on manifesting the baby. Our midwife told her to focus on finding her “center” to help the process. This was extremely important in the whole birthing process as we were not only trying to make sure that my wife stay focused on staying on task, but also because bringing the baby from one plane of existence to the other is akin to crossing the event horizon. In order to cross over from one plane to another involves finding the center of that existence and crossing over.
My goal during labor was to be as supportive as I could and to give encouragement. My wife moved about our tiny house to various locations seeking comfort. I thought to myself that this moving around would not have been a possibility in a hospital setting. She would have been confined to a bed, with various strangers popping in and out of the room. Not a comfortable, peaceful experience for sure! Laboring in the home not only provided comfortable surroundings, but we also knew where everything that we needed was located and were not at the mercy of a doctor or nurse. It was altogether a fabulous experience. An experience that we will never forget. My instincts tell me that a hospital birth would be unforgettable as well, but certain aspects of it we would wish that we could forget. Our beautiful daughter came into this world in our peaceful home without the added duress of the hospital setting. When a last minute minor emergency arose (our baby had some merconium aspiration), our experienced midwife acted quickly and removed the fluid from our babies lungs with the accuracy of a surgeon. Our baby was safe and beautiful, breathing and crying out. I’ve never heard a sweeter sound. An amazing moment in our lives! June 3rd. What a magical day!
I know that there are times when Western medicine is a great thing. Injuries, illnesses, dire emergencies, etc. I am truly glad that we as a society have the technology that we do. The fact of the matter though is that the majority of births are safe and can be handled at home. The medical industry has used just about every trick in the book to brainwash the public otherwise, but those who can see through the b.s. should take their birthing rights back and keep their money out of the greedy pockets of the medical industry. This is just one of many ways we can fight the corrupt system. Trust in the universe, God, and your body. Together they will all make great things happen. A peaceful birth will manifest peace within that child that will last a lifetime and beyond!
For more great information on this topic, check out “The Business of Being Born”