Sunday, May 23, 2010

"No one could ever explain what this feels like."

What I will remember most about this birth is this mom's words after meeting her son for the first time. We had a long, long night and it was exhausting to all of us. There are actually not that many births that I miss an entire night's sleep, but this was one of them. After 26 hours, this precious boy was born and it was pure love these parents had for their child. I have never attended a birth where I didn't think there was pure love, but something about this birth seemed different.
I also absolutely love to capture images of a woman in labor. There is such beauty in the work they are doing. In this birth, dad was so very attentive to her needs and really knew his wife. Some question if my role as a doula is to replace the father and that couldn't be further from my desire. At the end of the day, I desire for the husband and wife to have grown closer through the birth of their child and help dads be helpful to their wives. This dad knew she liked to have her hair brushed, I didn't have a clue. He knew by a look on her face what she was saying, I didn't.
Another wonderful birth written in my heart and mind, have I ever told you how much I love my job?!


  1. Have we ever told you how much we love you?

  2. Oh my - I love this post, and the way you describe it. "The work they do" & a birth "written" in your heart and mind - I love how much you love your job and I am positive the families who hire you do, too.

  3. formy3gals@aol.comMay 30, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    Hi, Marisa. I am Katy's mom, Susan, and I just want to say thank you for taking such wonderful, loving care of Katy, Evan and my little man, Logan Grant. You are truly a gift from God, and I pray that he will continue to bless you in your most wonderful work of all that is involved in birthing babies. May God bless and continue to guide your heart, hands and mind, and also your husband for supporting you as you do what you love.

  4. thank you all! Ms. Susan, it was a blessing to take care of your daughter, super son-in-law and precious grandson! Thank you for the encouragement. I truly love my calling in life!


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