Moonbeam’s Birth: A Visual Account

Birth.Beauty.Healing.Love. Light. Power. Safe.Natural.Peaceful.Loving.

Birth is a sacred rite of passage. It is the most holistically profound and spiritual experience one would ever have. It’s the one thing We all have in common, WE WERE BORN, WE’VE EXPERIENCED BIRTH. Yes, our birth stories vary -some naturally, some traumatically, some peacefully, some by surgery, some vaginally, some after long labors and some after short. But regardless of how we were born, we were BORN. And that in and of itself lets me know how powerful BIRTH is.

Pregnancy and the journey to birth is a healing process, it’s a time when all of your senses are heightened, you are more aware of not only the world around you, but also the world within you. Birth is not a medical condition and shouldn’t be treated as such. Yes, there are certain circumstances and situations that rely on medical interventions to keep mommy and baby safe, and I am grateful that they exist for mommy’s in those situations. However, I also believe that many pregnancies and births are low risk and have the potential to happen without much medical interference. When a mother is empowered, informed, and supported- birth isn’t scary.

The power to birth comes from our Creator and exists within the woman who is birthing and no one else. I am so greatful that my team believed in this, supported this, and helped to remind me of this during my birth.

I have not yet finished the writing of my birth story, or completed the short video compilation that I hope to create… please enjoy the visual account linked below of my birth done by The Memory Box Photography.

It would be a sin for me not to share such a beautiful, powerful testament of birth. This is another perspective of our Journey to Moonbeam.

Photo Slideshow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIbmkNBbn0g

There are some very intimate images, and you’ll even see my placenta up close and personal. If you are not a birth nerd like myself and many of my friends, please remember that these images are a reflection of the beauty and power of birth. They are not meant to make you uncomfortable. It takes a lot to decide to share so much of yourself with the world. But I believe this is part of my destiny to inspire and empower other women to be proud of their bodies, their births, their journey’s to motherhood and to be conscious, aware, gentle, and loving mothers. This is one step towards me fulfilling my goal of “celebrating the art of motherhood”!

If you have any questions about what you see, please feel free to leave a comment on this post.

If you haven’t yet seen the video of me meeting my Moonbeam for the first time, check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woWDxWE0bn4&sns=fb

Birth has a lot to teach us!

“Your birthing experience breathed LIFE w/in me: to write, to love, to accept the will of Creator, to bear witness to beauty.” – Bashirah Mack

I am beautifully overwhelmed with the responses to my birth from my birth team, twitter friends who followed along as my team tweeted about my birth, and those of you who have viewed the video of the divine meeting of me and my Moonbeam.

I am humbled by your words of love, support. They are a reflection of what I set out to achieve during this pregnancy and birth. To prove and share that birth is sacred, powerful, and healing. And that in being the one thing all human beings have in common has the power to transform lives, and mold us into the people we want to be, WE NEED to be.

I will continue to share pictures, videos, and eventually my birth story with you, to continue to create space for dialogue to happen, and to hopefully restore or inspire another woman’s faith in her mind, body, and spirit to be empowered and transformed by the miraculous process of pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and mothering.

If there is one thing that my birth taught me that I would like to share with you all, its that. We are able and capable of doing anything we set our minds to if we take care of ourselves holistically, equip ourselves with information and knowledge, surround ourselves with loving and genuine support, are honest about our fears, and willing to breathe through the pain in order to give birth to beauty. WE CAN DO ANYTHING! In the final moments of labor, I felt like I couldn’t go on. The energy in the room sustained me. I looked into E’s eyes and asked for help, he told me to “transcend the pain” I looked into my midwives eyes, asked for help and she told me, All the help I needed was already within me… and with those things, I went in, into myself and yelled, grunted, groaned, and moaned through the pain, through the tears and before I knew it, was holding in my arms perfect love.

Birth has a lot to teach us about life.

He’s a He! Moonbeam has arrived!

Moonbeam was born on February 18th, 2012 at 11:03pm. 7lbs 12oz and 21 inches of perfect divine love. He was born into his daddy’s arms, in a birth tub next to our bed, surrounded by an amazing birth team cheering us on. (Full birth story coming soon). I am a VBAC and HBAC mama (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean and Home Birth After Cesarean)… And oh so very PROUD!

We are waiting on his name to emerge. But I think we are close.

I want to thank everyone who has offered prayers, kind words, positive thoughts, etc to my family as we embarked on this beautiful journey. The outpouring of love and support has been beautifully overwhelming.

As you are aware I am very enthralled by the birthing process. Its a sacred time, and I believe that many women have lost their connection with birth due to many of the hospital birthing practices that don’t acknowledge and interfere (sometimes unecessarily or against our own will) our God-given ability to birth our babies with little or no intervention and the picture media and our society has painted around birth. Birth is powerful, it is healing, and it is transformative. The environment women give birth in, the way they are treated by their care professionals, and they way they give birth can have huge impact on breastfeeding initiation, post partum depression, ability to bond with baby, physical healing, and can even make or break your confidence as a mother. It is because of this I have chosen to share Moonbeams birthing experience with my social and personal networks. I have already shared the Meeting Moonbeam youtube video of us meeting just moments after birth, and the response has humbled me greatly.

Be on the look out for my birth story, photo images, and additional video footage. It is my hope that in the sharing of these precious moments, conversations and dialogue will happen and women and their partners will be motivated to take a more active role in the births of their children.