Giving birth to a miracle

A friend of mine is in the hospital this week due to pregnancy complications. Thankfully, baby and mom are doing okay, but my friend is being continuously monitored and on bed rest.

Since I don’t have personal experience with pregnancy and giving birth outside of the stories of multiple friends, I very quickly forget the dangers of pregnancy.

I read a story about a situation brought in front of an ancient spiritual leader. The people brought forward an unwed pregnant woman, asking for direction as to her punishment. The leader attempted to ignore the request of the people. Angry, the people protested, “she is a sinner!” The leader then replied, “She is near death, what would you have me to do?” Instead, the spiritual leader requested that the woman be given new clothes and linens, to help with the child or potential death.

While the point of that story is much greater than the danger of pregnancy, I still wanted to share it as a reminder. Everywhere in the world, women are pregnant, and it doesn’t always go smoothly. Birth is a painful, and messy process. Giving birth isn’t pretty.

However, at the exact same time, birth is a remarkable miracle.

It’s one of the most beautiful, joyful, moments created. You can go into a room with two people, and emerge with three. Never-before heard screams fill a room and people weep with joy.

In the same moment of something that could be seen as ugly and dangerous, beauty and life transpire.

I think this theme, this miracle that begins at birth, follows us throughout our lives.

That which is ugly, is actually beautiful. That which is broken, is made whole. That which is dangerous also changes the world.

The messiest, ugliest, most painful experience can – at the exact same time – be truly remarkable and perfect.

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**A quick search led me to Family Care International. FCI envisions a world where no woman suffers preventable injury or death from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes, and in which all people are able to enjoy their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

If you know of other organizations working with women around the world to make pregnancy and childbirth safer, please share them in the comments.**

*This post marks one full year of posting every Wednesday. I didn’t even realize that until this moment. I’m in awe that I met my goal. Thanks for the encouragement to keep writing, I couldn’t have done it without you.

I’m taking next week off from blogging as a birthday gift to myself. I need a break! I’ll be back on March 28th with a Giveaway and something else brilliant, I’m sure. See you then!*

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4 comments


  1. Dianne Muchow

    I just read this article after seeing the post shared by a FB friend. There is so much here that I heartily agree with because I have lived to tell the tale and have 2 wonderful daughters who are my daily rewards. Because of a clotting problem (think hemophilia light) both of my pregnancies were very high risk. I was given all kinds of advice during my extended bed rest periods, hospitalizations, procedures… Both of my girls were preemie. They are both relatively healthy young women now. I nearly died during both pregnancies. Obviously this email is not from the netherworld so… Neither of my girls (by medical standards) should be here today. They are not only here, they are thriving in their respective lives. I’ve also experienced a few of those other growing experiences. I’ve learned a lot of lessons over a few decades on this planet. I think that the most important lesson that I’ve learned over time and interaction with people in life is this; “But by the grace of God, there go I.”. Every time I feel tempted to take up residence on my high horse, I try to remember what it looks like from a standing (or kneeling) position. It doesn’t take long for me to stop whining and start looking for silver linings after that thought strikes. Thanks for your article. It touched me.

  2. Sarah

    Great topic for international women's month. check out A Walk to Beautiful! = A powerful documentary of healing and hope for women in Ethiopia devastated by childbirth injuries. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/a-walk-to-beaut

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