I heard again a line from Macbeth today,
“Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more.
It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
It made me think of where we are today with active management of labor and defensive medicine practices, that it is birth stripped of its meaning, its sacredness, wherein mother and child are seen as less than the divine beings which they each truly are.
More than feeling angered by doctors who serve up this inhumane version of birth, this highly sterile and controlled event they have reduced it to, it made me feel sad for their loss of soul, for their blindness and inability to any longer see and give thanks that they have the honor of taking part and reveling in such miracles. It made me think of those of us who still stand strong and work so hard to create a space allowing the women we have been gifted to serve and support,the realization of the divinity of their own spirit and their birth. It made me feel saddened that we are so often demonized and thrust into the role of birth defender, because we still have a vision of the sacred that others have lost and can no longer understand, or see the importance of. It is why I do the work that I do, so that my beautiful, eagerly expectant birth clients and I can join together with a common goal of ensuring that their birth is not reduced to being “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”, but that its numinous meaning and grace would not be lost, but rather it would shine forth brilliantly, touching all who are blessed to be in attendance. So that we may welcome their precious, innocent, and divine new babe into their arms, their love, and their lives in a space overflowing with an abundance of laughter, love, and joyous celebration.
I bow to all my birth clients, and to all mothers and fathers awaiting the time of their birth. I bow to the sacredness of new babies on the cusp of bursting forth into new life. I truly see you, and I understand how precious a time this is, and how wondrous and important your birth.