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.
**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!*