Week 31: Poem for mother blessing

In the form of a pantoum and whimsically adapted from some birth plan musings:

 

Song of Welcome

 

This is my song of welcome

Where once I walked alone

I ask you for protection

I want you to hold my space.

 

I once walked alone

And I still make my own way

But please still hold the space

For my monkey mind, my goddess.

 

I will make my own way

Help me surrender to life

To my inner goddess, monkey mind

Help me give in to nature.

 

Help me surrender to life

And protect me from birds of prey

Help me give in to nature

Keep away rapists and lightning.

 

Protect me from birds of prey

Don’t cut unless we are in danger

My body, my baby, my choices

Honor me by letting God in.

 

Nothing will be cut unless there is mortal danger

I long to know birth without violence.

Honor me by letting God in –

Autonomy, spirit, community, then safety.

 

This is my song of welcome and love

With you I feel safe

I long to know birth without violence

I want you to hold my space.

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About investigatingbirth

My investigations of birth began in 2009 when I was trained as a doula. I helped women consider the evidence on common interventions, and helped them prepare for the physical and emotional challenge of giving birth. After some time it became clear to me that there was another type of challenge that I was unable to adequately prepare them for, the challenge of the maternity system. But it was only after my own traumatic birth in 2013 that I realized how little I had understood. I began to ask questions that few around me - doulas, nurses, midwives, doctors - were comfortable hearing. Questions like: Under what circumstances, and for what reasons, do doctors not practice informed consent? How do hospitals deal with other patient populations vulnerable to abuse? How does loss of professional autonomy, for obstetricians, and professional authority, for midwives, impact the quality of care they are capable of providing - regardless of their training? This blog will collect noteworthy information that attempts to answer these and other questions. Most of what you see here will be aggregated from other sources and analyzed. You will also see original interviews, and the occasional opinion piece or personal story, as I try to piece together a clear picture of the system in which American women give birth.
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