I love having a planned home birth practice. As a fun exercise, I have written my "Top Ten Reasons" in a Midwifery, Mothering and Me blog post. In all honestly, numbers nine through two may vary depending on the day and my mood. But, the number one reason is absolutely unwavering.
If you are living in the Capital District of NY, after deciding that you want a planned home birth, you are faced with another decision: Who will you choose to work with? Currently, there is a plethora of planned home birth practices in the area. Troy, Albany, Saratoga, Latham, Teh Village of Nassua all sport Home Birth Midwifery practices. How do you choose?
Children are not all the same. Thank goodness! My son, Cody, now a Sophomore at RPI (and on the Dean's List) gave his preschool teacher reason to worry. But really nothing was wrong. Cody was (and still is) perfect at being Cody. His brain just works a bit different. Thank goodness. Cody (and his friend Austin), taught me that neuro-diversity is important.
In midwifery, like life, things do not always unfold as you think they might.
And Baby Joey has schooled us in that particular lesson again and again in his short life.
For a update on Baby Joey, see the blog post from 3/21/13.
This essay was presented, by Michelle, as the sermon at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Troy, NY on Sunday, March 17, 2013.
St. Paul's Episcopal in Troy, NY is starting a book club. Our priest, Father Michael Gorchov has picked Beginner's Grace by Kate Braestrup as our first selection. Beginner's Grace is a lovely book about prayer that is truly appropriate for people of all faiths (including atheists). I read the quirky and powerful book last year on the recommendation of Father Michael's wife, Marianne. In appreciation of Michael, Marianne and Kate, here are a few of my own beginning prayers.