As many of you may know, I also do work as a Doula. This morning I had the pleasure of attending one of my favorite births. I do not often post on FB about these experiences but realized today that these are powerful experiences that I need to start sharing with my fellow women, supporting parters and husbands. From my experience as a Doula, when a mother is surrounded by trust, love, calm and quiet they are able to move with their “surges” into a place of effective progression, alternated by periods of calm and rest. This mother today inspired me through her ability to ground into herself and take the time in early labor to set up the tools that would work for her as her labor progressed. There is always a time when a women transitions into active labor that they are filled with a deep quiet and turn inside for strength and rest. No matter how much training, classes and preparation, there comes a time when a mother has a moment of reckoning and are forced to face fear. I am always amazed when I see the true beauty of a women’s power and the depth of where it lies. We rocked, supported and soothed her, like she will do her baby now. I watched her embody the divine mother and true spirit of what it is to be a women. They transcend their individuality and it is apparent that they are connected to an ancient power. As a Doula, when I am with a laboring mother I am filled with unconditional and relentless love for her. To see such tenderness and vulnerability makes me immediately fall in love with this women and gives me the strength to support her through many hours or even days of labor. M- you inspire me and I am so inspired by all mothers that have gone through this, whether is be natural, induced, or c-section, you all had to face fear knowing that you were doing this out of love. Attending a birth is an outer worldly experience and yet when I step outside after a birth, I see the world has been moving at the same rate, you are reminded of how completely common this experience obviously is. I wonder if we women start to see birth as a natural progression of life, for those who choose it, if intervention rates would go down and female empowerment would go rise.