After a busy week surrounded by the amazing spirit of women who have recently birthed or are enjoying the amazing euphoria of pregnancy, we were inspired to add Part Two of Birth Art – images from home. These are personal images that we are proud of and can’t wait to share with you all.
To accompany the images that I took of this beautiful birth at home, I (Holly) wanted to share with you the words that I wrote about this birth in my Honours thesis that I submitted last year:
” My experiences as a student midwife saw that I, for the majority of the time, was taught how to support women in birth while they were in a semi recumbent position. Over the duration of the Honours degree, with the extensive research, literature review and writing, I thought I now understood what it meant for women to be supported by a known care provider, to be supported to birth physiologically, to respond instinctively in labour.
However, as I was writing the conclusion for this thesis, I had the absolute privilege of being with my best friend at the birth of her daughter, and I realised that I knew very little.
With the loving support of her husband and myself, her children downstairs asleep, my friend responded to the needs of her body immersed within established labour, moving about on all fours on the floor. She would pause with a contraction, sigh and sway her body, her hips, moving to the beat of her baby’s movement and descent, and the contractions of her uterus as it worked with her to move towards the moment of birth. With a birth pool on her kitchen floor, my friend climbed into the pool, moved into a kneeling position in the water and birthed her baby into my hands – at home, in the water. She was primal, instinctive, beautiful in her power as a woman giving birth…”
The environment in which a women chooses to birth her newborn can have an enormous physical and psychological impact upon the birth experience for a labouring woman. The birthing environment impacts upon the woman’s ability to feel safe and secure during labour and birth, which is so important in supporting the woman to remain in control of her birthing experience. Much research has been done into the impact of the environment on the birthing experience.
(I can provide references on request).
We would love it if you would feel comfortable in sharing your birthing/pregnancy images with us to share on our blog. All efforts to maintain privacy will be taken.
Holly and Emma