The Making of a Mother: A hospital birth in Greenfield Mass.
"I happened upon the scene, midwives gathered to hold their sister in birth, to welcome one of their own on a late spring morning. I watched over her while she slept, gathering strength for the journey ahead. There was laughter, and sparkling water, and love, and moments of fear. How different it is to do the work, and to know it in your heart. To walk the labyrinth on your own two feet. Whispers across the pool, "this is exactly what it feels like." When that babe finally joined our world: the release. The long anticipation concluding in tears and relief. Tiny toes and bottom and perfection. How honored I feel to have been chosen and welcomed into this family, how lucky to have shared in their moment of having arrived on the other side, having just begun their next adventures."