It's official -- I no longer live in Cambridge. My family moved up to Exeter, New Hampshire, to pursue a fantastic career opportunity for my husband. I don't quite miss the city buzz yet, it's just too pretty and quaint here. I write this from the public library, which is small and sweet and reminds me of the library that I spent billions of hours in as a child. The whole town radiates this sweetness and I look forward to getting to know people in the area, connecting with kindred spirits, and of course attending births. While I've been at a number of home births this past year, I haven't attended any hospital births because I've been nursing and didn't want to be away from my baby for too long. Now that it's been almost thirteen months, I think we're both ready. I'm excited about the local hospital and its support for VBAC moms, and would love to get back to teaching classes. So, here's to a new year in a new town, new possibilities, and new friends.
Every midwife knows
that not until a mother’s womb
softens from the pain of labour
will a way unfold
and the infant find that opening to be born.
There is treasure in your heart,
it is heavy with child.
All the awakened ones,
like trusted midwives are saying,
'welcome this pain.'
It opens the dark passage of Grace.
Jalal al-Din Rumi