Births that take time to share.

Missoula, Montana. 

Family Maternity Center- St. Patrick’s Hospital.

Daylight to night, water then darkness, quiet, then bed, sunrise to cesarean. Strength in numbers, in family and presence. The energy, quite waiting energy. Mama doula, sister doula, doula-doula all working and guiding, loving and thinking. Thinking. Providing a way, a hand.

Amazingly peaceful and brave mama- strong and committed.

Healthy baby.

Missoula Newborn Photographer.

Just so sweet.

I went to an ICAN meeting tonight. I am so glad I went.

ICAN of Western Montana is a chapter of the International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc. (ICAN), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC).

Libby was a guest facilitator and we processed our cesarean births through guided art.  I chose one cesarean to reflect on as I do have 4 experiences to pull from, but I wanted to give space to each one.

I love the art and the emotions that rose inside my chest were hard, but not strange.  Those emotions over my births are imprinted for life.  Just as your children are forever, so are the birth stories.   I am glad we all had tears. It felt so good to share and not be judged or pitied but empathy was thick.  Every women’s story is so rich and real, and to validate that story reclaims humanity overall, even if just for a night.