The Other Side of the World: Waterbaby

Wednesday, August 02, 2006


Trying to sidle my way into an intuitive relationship with the forces of nature that start uteri contracting I decided that W would call us between 3 and 7 that day. At 7:30 exactly, the universe winked and nudged me reassuringly and the phone rang. I think one of the things I love most about attending a birth is that absolutely impossible moment when the will of the woman reaches its threshold. When she meets the ultimate physical certainty that the bones and meat and sinews of her body will not stretch any further and there is nothing that will separate a space for another life to fit through hers. When her face is deep in the agony of struggle with a physical body attempting an unworldly act. Because it is in this moment that the act of Life occurs. It comes from nowhere and nothingness and yet is everything truly beautiful about the world. Birth is the meeting place of normal, impossible. Loving arms wrapped around and over the swollen brown belly - Reaching down through the water and into the newest space in the universe - "Hello Simon" Daddy, and water, and his mother's blood roaring past his ears.


Blogger Jo said...

I have nothing to say except to let you know you've put a happy feeling in my heart

6:38 AM  
Blogger Louisa said...

Keep writing!!! Doesn't get much better than that!

11:35 AM  
Blogger Claire said...

That made me cry. And OMG - you look like a TOTAL natural holding that babe - Is it really yours ? ;)


Glad you are back online fully

3:40 PM  
Anonymous andrew said... truly captured the moment in your words. Must be an amazing experience to witness such a miracle

11:53 PM  

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