Friday, December 22, 2006

Birth of the World

After a bout of pneumonia (of course it wasn't due to overwork...but maybe all that drywall dust had something to do with it) for most of November and early December, all's well. Five new beautiful babies are in the world, bringing joy to their families.

The first flew in 5 weeks sad that I missed it while I was so sick...

The second found me doing my doula work over the phone, drugged and coughing. "She's acting like a caged animal," says dad. "She sounds wonderful," I said, "But it sounds like it's time to go to the hospital." She had spent most of the labour at home, with me talking her through the contractions, encouraging showers, recommending positions, giving pep talks to her husband, arranging their hospital arrival, and helping them to get "the good room." Phone doula work isn't ideal, but it seemed to be better than nothing that day.

The third was a triumph of spirit...and a testament to a woman's power. After falling asleep in the tub at the hospital during transition (such a gift!,) and labouring to 10cm without intervention, and pushing and pushing and pushing for hour after hour...Phoenix was born! Truly the appropriate name for him after this labour.

The fourth baby was born after the stormy night in Vancouver, her parents waking in the night to watch the flashes of light as trees fell on power lines...then the water breaking with the help of the low pressure system, and the baby following in about three hours. Welcome to Ella "Storm Force" Wallace!

The fifth baby came on a Hanukkah night, born at home into her mothers hands, watched over by her big sister, Shulamit. I left them all tucked into bed, the new baby nursing...mum reading "Green Eggs and Ham" to the girls...

As we approach Christmas Day, I'm waiting for the next birth, wrapping presents, making clam chowder for a family dinner tonight, and reflecting on what this year has brought. 2006 has been such a mix of sorrow and joy...but the joy shines bright as we end this year. The gifts of this year have been amazing.

Thanks to all!

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