Yesterday I spent the day with a labouring woman and her husband – from those first milder contractions through to cuddling their new baby.
We paced and rocked and breathed through contractions, we climbed stairs and wandered corridors. We sat, we stood, we swayed.
Women are bloody amazing – my client found energy she didn’t think she had, she let her body move as it needed to, she rode each one of those big, powerful contractions with calm breathing and she kept going when she thought she couldn’t.
I saw beauty and strength, I saw a woman’s body working hard to bring her baby, I saw a woman go with her instincts and do what felt right, I saw a woman who was sometimes scared take reassurance and comfort from those all around her.
My client was simply amazing and it was a privilege to see her bring her baby into the world.
Janine Rudin | Birth & Baby
The Birth & Baby Network