What does it mean to have a Joyful Beginning?
It means that my clients feel free to exercise their right to informed consent and refusal.
It means that my clients will have complete, unconditional support from me, no matter what the circumstances turn out to be.
It means that every client walks into the birthing journey with her eyes wide open, ready for anything, and fearing nothing; because she has empowered herself with knowledge, and understands that her body is wise and strong enough for the work ahead.
We all have nervousness and some anxiety as we await childbirth, even if it’s not our first child. Real fear has no place in a joyful beginning. If fears come up, every woman I serve will have my unwavering help to overcome it – no matter what.
A joyful beginning means that my clients’ partners may need my hands and heart as well, so that she will be free to focus on the work of birth, knowing she doesn’t need to worry about her partner.
It means that the women I serve all experience an “I did it!” moment – whether they birthed naturally at home, or by cesarean, or anything in between. That moment will look different for every woman, and her joyful beginning is determined by her definition, not mine or anyone else’s.
My goal as a birth professional, is to plant at that moment’s root, a seed that will blossom into full-blown joy one day, even if these first days are hard.