So say it was wonderful having Laura by my side as I gave birth to my first child is an understatement. I was in the hospital for THREE DAYS before I eventually delivered my baby, and Laura was available every step of the way, helping guide me through challenging decisions and reassure me that everything was going to be OK. I am not sure how to quantify the value that she brought my husband and myself, but it was close to priceless.
In this day-in-age, hospital births involve cycling through doc after doc after doc and nurse after nurse after nurse. Some are amazing, and some less so (to put it mildly). My family wasn't available during the time of my birth; and let's face it, even if they were, their presence would have been more stressful than anything. This means, Laura was the only constant, stable, positive presence throughout this time.
She has a calming way about her, a healing touch, and a maternal instinct. She fed me honey sticks and beef jerky when I felt weak, she prayed with me when my spirit sank low. She captured photos that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I remember looking over at her when I was close to pushing out my baby. The smile on her face reassured me that everything was going to be OK.
Birth is the most intimate and vulnearable moment I have experienced in this lifetime. The stakes felt so high -- I so desperately wanted to meet my son and I wanted a guarantee that he would be healthy. Of course there are no guarantees. Navigating this experience was a test of physical endurance and faith. I don't know how women like Laura work in this profession. It takes an incredible amount of selflessness and strength to offer other women the support she is able to offer. I am eternally grateful.
September 14, 2023