I recently attended the Family Journey's monthly Birth Chat in which guest speakers Jenae Huffman Proctor and Angela Thoreson walked us through a traditional Navajo Blessingway. A Blessingway is a ceremony for an expectant mother in which women come together to encourage and support the mother-to-be through rituals. An herbal foot bath, candle ceremony, meditation, creating a birth necklace, prayers and poems are all ways to help the new mother release fears around her ability to give birth and draw on the abundant feminine and earthly energy.
As Jenae and Angela guided us, I couldn't help but feel an incredible love and connection to all the women amongst me. Some of them, I had never met, while others in the room inhabit the very same profession as I. But there was no competition this night, only a host of open arms.
The midwives, doulas, childbirth educators and other birth professionals in Northern Colorado whom are dedicated to providing women with education, choice and compassionate care, are an incredible mix of women. We are all very different with unique talents and insights, but we hold one very important characteristic in common - and that is that we are all committed to helping empower women. Not because we want want women to be more like us but because we want them to be more of themselves.
Birth is a very personal and unique experience for each woman and that is why I know my very "competition" is absolutely necessary for our clientele and more over, our community. There is a certain midwife, doula, childbirth educator or massage therapist, etc., for every woman and that is why we are all such an important commodity. It will be our strength as a unit, rather than as individuals, that will help us stomp this "fear of birth".
I feel very fortunate to be associated with my competition, as I have found great friendship, support and strength. Thank you all, for blessing "my" way on this journey as I help women and their families.