by Cat Majors
My birth was a “Dream Birth,” better than I could have ever imagined. I am indeed, after two years, still reeling from the exuberant empowerment of it. I caught Max myself in a bathtub of lovely relaxing warm water – and he was born in a “laugh,” as I was vocalizing a HO – HO – HO sound ( a very open sound which came instinctually). My husband was in the kitchen at the time, nervously making and re-making coffee, because he thought that we were going to have to go to the hospital soon! And the midwife was late, too. In fact, she missed the actual ‘birth’ part. (Nature’s way of granting a mother the highest feeling of her life!!)
I’ll try to express what I was feeling.
My Birth in Water Was for Me:A complete, deep and utter relaxation,Cleanliness, refreshment, relief, comfort,Communion with Venus (the Goddess of love and beauty),Playfulness (like a mermaid),Tremendous excitement(to know that the moment of my baby’s birth was very near – ANTICIPATION)Wonder – would it be a boy or a girl and what would he or she look like?Initiation into the ranks of Motherhood Crossing a threshold onto a new plateau.Primal feelings which seemed to reach back into the roots of timeThe sheer simplicity of the healing ritual of the bath/birth itself….My powerMy choiceBeing in Control!!Happiness, freedom, exhilaration, spontaneity, wisdom, luck, destiny.A Sense of CalmnessGood FortunePerfectionCompletion The sense of time coming full circleComing of AgeBaptism, purification, splendor, rapture, sensuousness, abandonSurrender to a power greater than myself -and yet a feeling of merging appropriately with theCreative POWER -a feeling of being a part of this power -An ultimate WHOLEness.Mother Nature cradling me in her water arms as my pelvic cradle is about to release itsCreationCREATIVITYRhythm Sound as wave ripplesBuoyancy, lightness Ecstasy, Awe, Gratefulness -A Great FULL-ness Crystal Clear -the water like brilliant diamondsA sense of floating – an “other worldly experience” none other thanBLISS itself!!* * * * * * * *
Reprint permission for this story is granted through the Water Birth International Research Project of the Global Maternal/Child Health Association