Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Constellation of Baby

I read a really great book last week, called Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting, by Michael Perry. I laughed out loud, and got teary too - both from sweetness and tragedy.

I absolutely loved what he wrote about the homebirth midwife checking on his baby:
“But what really keeps circling my head was the phrase Leah [the midwife] used to describe the landmarks of our child: the constellation of baby. What a gorgeous image – the infant afloat in the universe of mother, identifiable but unknowable” (39).
That's an image that will live in my mind from now on.

I also appreciated the section he included about the childbirth educator who visited him and his wife:
“A woman recommended by our midwife has come to the house to give us birthing instructions. It is a cold day, but the sun is shining warmly through the window and spotlighting the carpet of the living room floor, where we are pretending to have a baby. The instructor has been very thorough, and it is neat to receive instruction right here in our home. At one point she puts Anneliese on all fours in a stance intended to relieve lower back pain during labor. Then she rotates me around back in a massage position, and Anneliese and I get the giggles because, without putting too fine a point on it, the maneuvering reminds us of how we wound up in this situation in the first place. . . what she [the instructor] may not realize is that this hour on the carpet has been the best date Anneliese and I have had for months” (102).
That's the thing: birth classes can be one more appointment, kept amongst a crowd of nervous parents-to-be, impersonal, of dubious help, and even scary.

Birth classes can also be fun, interactive, helpful, thought-provoking, and supportive!

I won't tell you too about the part that literally made me laugh out loud but it's about piggy cannibalism. Which as I type this, I realize might not sound funny... But trust me, it is.

Christina @ Birthing Your Baby
Independent Childbirth Classes for Central Maine
Mamas & Muffins: New Moms Group

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