The world has gained another amazing midwife!!! This poem is dedicated to my dear and faithful friend Dawn, who has just completed her NARM exam to be licensed as a midwife in Texas! Congratulations Dawn!!! I am so incredibly proud of your accomplishments and am excited for all of the mothers, babies, and families who will be blessed by your care. The view truly is glorious, you're never alone, and you are forever encircled in support. Much love to you on this new journey!
This was recently republished on Birth Wisdom, a resource for maternal health advocates by Birth Institute. Are you interested in becoming a midwife or doula? Check out the Birth Institute Holistic Midwifery program and Holistic Doula training.
A Poem for New Midwives
Births will be glorious.
Births will be ferocious.
Babies will be welcomed through joy, laughter, gratitude and prayer.
Babies will be welcomed through weeping, sorrow, heartbreak and prayer.
Families will be wondrous.
Families will be tumultuous.
There will be unfathomable beauty.
There will also be blood, urine, amniotic fluid, mucous, poop, sweat and tears.
Being 'with woman' is all engrossing; it requires tenacity, intellect, passion and grace.
Be mindful and feed your soul as well, do not become consumed.
Being 'with woman' is all rewarding; it will give you peace, community, strength and pride.
Be humble and remain rooted, do not become boastful.
Remember that you are not alone.
There is a history of ancestral knowledge behind you.
There is a circle of support around you in the now.
There is a place for you at the table in the future...and the view is glorious!