Birth is often described as the first act of motherhood. Like motherhood itself, birth is hard to describe to those who have not experienced it. Each birth and each motherhood journey is different and yet there is a commonality in birth and in mothering that unites all mothers across time and space.
As of this writing, I have given birth to one child myself and I have also had the great honor of walking with four different mothers through birth as their doula. Each experience was as different as each of the women themselves, yet all shared common threads which transformed these women, myself included, into mothers.
So today, in honor of the mothers who have gone before me, especially my own mother and grandmothers, in honor of the four amazing women I watched turn into mothers this year and in hopes of imparting a slice of encouragement and strength to those who will come after me, I’d like to share three ways that birth, as the first act of motherhood, prepares us for the rest of our mothering journey:
Happy Mother’s Day to all you beautiful, powerful moms out there!