Waiting to Inhale: How to Unhurry the Moment of Birth


A doula and expectant mother’s view of birth is forever changed when she sees a midwife simply place a newly born child below her mother at the moment of birth; the pause that the mother experiences in this moment as she studies, touches, and claims her child. The author reflects in this guest editorial on ways we might be disturbing the natural sequence of birth as we deliver babies directly to their mothers’ chests.

“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before.

The woman existed, but the mother, never. The mother is something absolutely new.” —Osho,

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. thebirthmuse
    Mar 07, 2012 @ 12:52:16

    Yes! We westerners are always in such a hurry! It makes sense to have a moment to breathe and integrate the new sensation of being done with pushing. When I gave birth, all three times, there was so much time in LaborLand. I was fully concentrated on my body. I was mostly unaware of my baby during labor. Switching to awareness of the new being was a real effort. As an anthropologist, I am always happy when we can step back and OBSERVE. That patience always rewards with new insights.


  2. thebirthmuse
    Mar 07, 2012 @ 12:52:35

    Reblogged this on The birthmuse's Blog.


  3. Lyndell
    Mar 07, 2012 @ 19:14:05

    Great article. I get annoyed with all this – you MUST do things this way not that. I just feel we are creating more and more women who are not confident in their own ability or what comes natural.


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