Yesterday I received the most beautiful testimonial from one of my home birth mamas. Her words brought me to tears and once again reminded me that I am so blessed to be doing this work.
It is really hard to find words to describe this most sacred experience of our lives and the unique part you played in it. The fact that you were there made it that much more special.
First of all, you weren't even on call that day. But your partner Jill was with another patient. I easily got a hold of you and you were constantly in touch with me over the phone, until it was certain that me and Jill's patient will be in labour concurrently.
I was only 3cm dilated when I asked you to come to my house because I felt I couldn't manage the pain by myself anymore. And you came. You helped me with my back labour contractions - I don't remember any maneuvers you may have done, but your presence alone made me feel more peaceful and allowed me to surrender and listen to my body. Your guidance made my partner feel more connected and useful during this process.
You stayed calm and composed when the crowning occurred, no midwife around. It wasn't an easy period of labour for all of us. I can only imagine how stressful it must have been for you, but you didn't show it. Because you were there, I had no fear. You were so supportive. Compassionate and firm at the same time. Exactly what was needed.
I feel so lucky to have had you there on that day. Thank you also for preserving my placenta and for lots of post-partum support - answering questions, giving helpful links and referrals, offering ideas and solutions - thank you for everything! If I needed to give a score out of 10, I'd give 20!
~ Marina + Adrian ~