The Other Side of the World: Officialis

Tuesday, April 24, 2007


The hospital computer records use the most abhorent language - please know that I would never claim to have conducted a delivery .
Nevertheless, there it is officially - not one, but two slippery, squashed, exquisitely upturned faces (both mamas on hands-and-knees) in the space of one long Sunday night. Awe-struckly passed under to their families by my proud and exhilarated hands that stayed where they were to gently receive their placental homes as well.
Hands hot and wet with blood and vernix. Annointed hands. Midwife's hands.
I went to class and cried quietly with totally overwhelming joy.
Life into my hands. What could be greater?
[I also really like that there's a space underneath for Assisting Doctor, and that this space is blank!]


Blogger Jo said...

Perhaps you should get a blue and white conductors hat.
Perhaps I should not put humorous (to me at least) and irreverent comments after serious and poetic posts.

4:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted to let you know that you paint beautiful pictures with your words.

4:02 PM  
Blogger Louisa said...

Nothing. There is nothing better than that.

Crying right along with you.

8:09 PM  
Blogger mm said...

How wonderful. I wish I could convey how much your posts impact me!
Thank you for sharing!

10:56 PM  
Blogger kris said...

that's a beautiful post. and i luv that the dr.s space is blank too;)

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Sheri said...

Congratulations to everyone around!! I'm so proud of you! And to think I knew you when.

7:32 PM  

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